No Rest for the Weary

I started my Sunday by attending Katherine Friedman’s (running for Linwood City Council) coffee and conversation event where I met new voters and we had some great discussions.  Then it was off to Somers Point to canvass and talk to voters. Next a reconnaissance mission putting my signs up in Linwood Northfield Atlantic City and Ventnor. Now I’m home and preparing for my debate on Wednesday night.  I’m so tired; my ankle is bleeding from cutting on a rock while putting up signs and I really really miss my grandchildren. So why am I doing it you might ask?  I’m doing it for all the people I’ve met on the campaign trail worried about their taxes; worried about their houses flooding; worried whether their children’s schools are getting the proper funding. THIS is why!!  We need people on the Freeholder board who care about our citizens and are always willing to stand up, speak up and do the right thing! I will sleep after the election; my ankle will heal; and I will make up Grammy time on November 7th.  But until then, there’s no rest for the weary.

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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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