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Democrats Sweep in Cranford

Democrats won big in Cranford on Election Day!

Despite the rain, enthusiasm was high in Cranford, with just over 10,000 voters heading to the polls, a 63% turnout. Last year’s turnout was just over 49%.

With more than 6,800 votes, Tom Hannen beat Republican Richard Buontempo, by more than 2,500 votes, or 62%.

Democrats now have four members on the Township Committee, Hannen,  Ann Dooley, and commissioners Patrick Giblin and Jean Maisonneuve.

In the closely-watched 7th Congressional District race, Cranford gave Democrat Tom Malinowski a 1,871-vote plurality over incumbent Republican Leonard Lance, helping him win the race. And in the US Senate race, Senator Robert Menendez eked out a 688 vote win.

On the county level, Democratic Freeholder candidates Alexander Mirabella, Andrea Staten and Kim Mouded beat their Republican rivals by 1,100 votes. Staten and Mouded will join the board in January. Freeholder Rebecca Williams beat her GOP rival by an even more robust 1,300 votes! She will hold onto Linda Carter’s unexpired term on the Board after Carter’s move to the New Jersey General Assembly.

not bad for August

August Democratic Gathering

The Cranford Democrats gathered on August 22 at Hanson House for a regular, summer meeting.

We were joined by Mayor Tom Hannen, who is running for re-election this year. The Mayor filled the group in on local municipal business, especially the closing of the long, complicated Birchwood agreement. Commissioner Jean-Albert Maisonneuve updated Democrats on the quiet, steady progress on downtown improvements.

Freeholder Vice Chair Bette Jane Kowalski brought two of the Democratic Freeholders running this year: her colleagues Freeholder Rebecca Williams and Kim Mouded-Palmieri.

A representative from Tom Malinowski’s campaign spoke about a recent poll showing him with a narrow lead over Rep. Leonard Lance. The Malinwski campaign has knocked on more doors than any other House race in the nation, and has already completed TWO waves of door-to-door campaigning in Cranford. They plan many more.

Lance, has bragged about voting more than 60 times to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, voted to restrict regulators from considering a person’s severe mental illness when they purchase guns and has been an earl and enthusiastic proponent for ending Net Neutrality, allowing internet providers to restrict access and raise rates on consumers.

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Volunteers Rock Vote By Mail Drive

More than 22 (!) volunteers gathered at Track 5 Coffee on Sunday, July 15. Action Together Union County and the Cranford Democrats worked together to send forms and information to voters who might find it easier to vote by mail.

“This turnout shows how active and engaged our volunteers are this year,” said Democratic Chairman John Salerno. “We are 114 days from Election Day and we are just getting started!”

Track 5 was extraordinarily patient with this influx of volunteers on a Sunday afternoon. They all enjoyed their coffee and pastries!

We will be working with our friends at Action Together Union County to schedule more of these projects over the summer.

Another Busy Saturday in Cranford

Democrats were out in force again on Saturday, June 30, working hard to take back the house and #Resist the Trump Agenda!

First off, we staged one of the buses which brought protesters to Washington, DC for the Families Belong Together March, protesting the family separation policy caused by President Trump’s Zero Tolerance policy. Democrats from all over Union County caught the bus at staging areas in New Providence and Cranford. They look pretty good for having gathered here at 5 am!

Later in the morning, Democrats gathered for a summer door-to-door canvass for Congressional candidate Tom Malinowski, who is running against Republican Leonard Lance. Volunteers from all over the region, of all ages and backgrounds, have knocked on doors in every neighborhood and on almost every street in Cranford.

Why should they have all the fun? Click here and you can get involved and help us strengthen our Democratic majority here in Cranford and take back the House in 2018! 

First Democratic of 2018 General Elections

Democratic volunteers spoke to Cranford voters about November’s General Election in the first townwide canvass of the 2018 General Election Campaign! The canvass was organize by the Tom Malinowski for Congress campaign, and about two dozen volunteers from Cranford and surrounding communities spoke to voters in every neighborhood.

Throughout the year, we will be holding canvasses for the re-election of Mayor Tom Hannen and other Democratic candidates! To take part, contact us here.

2019 Primary Elections

Cranford’s Democratic voters chose Mayor Tom Hannen for re-election, former Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski for Congress, the Union County Freeholder slate and (narrowly!) Senator Robert Menendez when they went to the polls on June 5.

Democrats out-voted Republicans more than 2:1 in this year’s primary election. Mayor Tom Hannen was the top vote-getter, with 1,387 votes.

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In the competitive race for US House of Representatives, Malinowski took 1,054 votes, seriously outperforming his opponents Peter Jacob, who had 331 votes, and Goutem Jois, with 162 votes. This roughly followed across the 7th District, handing Malinowski the Democratic nomination. He now goes up against incumbent Rep. Leonard Lance.

Rahway blogger Lisa McCormick, whose campaign mainly consisted of frequent fundraising emails, gave Senator Robert Menendez a serious run in Cranford. He won here, but by an uncomfortably narrow 13-vote margin, 790 – 777. Senator Menendez won statewide.

Union County’s Democratic Freeholder candidates, Freeholder Alexander Mirabella, Councilwoman Andrea Staten and Kim Mouded, beat their challengers by a 4:1 margin in Cranford, and almost as strongly county-wide.

Now it’s off to the races for Cranford Democrats as we fight for our Democratic Majority in town and in Union County, and for a Democratic House and Senate!

Democrats March in Memorial Day Parade

Cranford Democrats marched in Cranford’s Memorial Day Parade on Monday alongside Congressional candidate Tom Malinowski. Cranford was blessed with clear weather for the parade and thousands of residents turned out to march or watch.

Thanks to everyone who came out and helped us show our appreciation to the men and women who serve and have served our country in the armed forces, and to remember to 86 servicemen from Cranford who made the ultimate sacrifice for their nation.

US Army Veteran James Silkensen was Grand Marshall of the parade. As in years past, the parade went from the Community Center on Walnut Avenue to Memorial Park on Springfield Avenue.

Tom Malinowski hands out flags to young people at Memorial Park
The great group of Democrats who marched on Monday. Thanks also to the young volunteers from the Malinowski campaign!

Cheep Thrills at Lenape Park

A core group of Cranford Democrats gathered early Saturday morning, May 26, at Lenape Park for Spring bird watching. Naturalists Edward Zboyan, Betty Ann Kelly and Steve Jandoli led the group.
In all, our group saw 32 species of birds, including an osprey, orchard orioles, warbling vireo, a nesting green heron and more.
Located on Union County’s Rahway River Greenway, Lenape Park consists of wetlands, ponds, rivers, creeks, meadows and forest and is one of the largest undeveloped properties in the Rahway River watershed.
“We’re lucky to have this important wildlife area right here in Cranford,” said Cranford Democratic Chairman and wannabe naturalist, John Salerno. “There is so much amazing wildlife right here in our backyards!”

Betty Ann Kelly, Pamela Reichenberg, Robert Benz, Donna Bacich, Ed Zboyan and Steve Jandoli – not a bad turnout for 7 am!