Tales from the Trail – Orientation

NadineRetired Lt. Col. Nadine Flynn is running for City Council in Egg Harbor Township. Since my district includes two wards in EHT, Nadine agreed to walk with me and give me a Canvassing 101 Lesson.  We met in the parking lot of the municipal building and before we began our walk, Nadine schooled me on really important walking tips.  Nadine is the most organized person I know and carries a tote bag which contains an organizer – one slot is for mail-in ballot applications, the other for walk pieces, one for registration forms and even room for pens.  She has samples of the applications color-coded for ease in understanding the forms that she shows to each constituent.  Did I mention that Nadine has the forms in English and Spanish and that she is very organized?  We met some amazing EHT residents that evening – all of whom were very engaged once they learned we were running on the democratic ticket.  One tip I had for Nadine – always make that the lead!

 

Author: Maureen Leidy

I am a proud resident of Ventnor and a member of the Ventnor Democrats and the South Jersey Democratic Women’s Forum. I am a single mother of four adult children, and grandmother to seven. When I am not working, I’m either calling my congressmen, signing petitions or marching in the streets. When I was approached to run, my inclination was to decline, but my daughter bluntly told me, “Put your money where your mouth is. If you don’t run, you are a hypocrite.” As much as I hated to admit it, she was right. So I am running to give a voice to those Atlantic County residents, who, like myself live paycheck to paycheck; who have struggled with the disease of addiction in their family; who have nowhere to turn when they are facing abuse and harassment. I am running to keep our beaches clean and our roads free of flooding. I am running to ensure your children and grandchildren can go to school without fear and receive a quality education. I am running so that my daughters and yours have access to Planned Parenthood. I am running so that all of us, male or female, are treated fairly and paid equally in the workplace. I know it’s an uphill battle, but I’ve always been a fighter. I will fight for your vote and I will fight for the ideals and values that the people of Atlantic County believe in – a safe, affordable community that we are proud to call home.

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