What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

Well the race is officially over and I did not win, nor did my fellow running mates Celeste Fernandez and Barbara Butterhoff-Rheault.  The good news is that amazing women across this nation won and that is a win for all of us. Sadly the blue (women’s ) wave did not reach Atlantic County.

I have many many women to thank for helping me in this race – actually too many to mention here.  I have thanked them all personally and I know I could not have done it without them.

But I don’t want to talk about the past, I want to talk about the future. The women I met along the way are strong incredible women who all have a message. For far too long women have taken a back seat in this county and it’s time to move to the driver’s seat.  We can and we must control the future.   Women won nationally because they were themselves – warts and all. That is the race I ran – I put myself out there on good days and bad.   I know that was against “conventional” norms but I didn’t care. I am a passionate fighter whether my nails are polished or not!  I did not always look the part but never once did I sway from my beliefs.   And I still believe this is the way to win.

Women will take this county back if we come together and show our strength. That is where all of you come in.

After the election I had a very long and inspiring conversation with Cassandra Shober who runs the South Jersey Democratic Women’s Forum.   We have a plan and we need all of your participation. Please join us tomorrow (Monday nov 19) at Josie Kelly’s Pub in Somers Point at 6:00 pm to begin to build the most powerful women’s coalition New Jersey has ever seen!

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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