On Monday, August 27th, the Lower Township Democratic Victory Campaign heard Sen. Jeff Van Drew speak on medical marijuana. He supported the state’s expansion of illnesses for which marijuana may be prescribed but objected to Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin’s decision to consider recreational use on the same vote. He feels, and we agree, that this “tie bar” unnecessarily complicates an important form of medical treatment for New Jersey residents with treatable diseases.
In July, Evergreen Curative, LLC asked the Lower Township Council for a letter approving the establishment of a medical marijuana dispensary at the County Airport on Breakwater Road. The LT Dems support the application of @Evergreen Curative, LLC to operate a treatment center in Lower Township as a service to area residents who are qualified for treatment and would no longer have to endure the hardship of having to travel for medication.
On Monday night, August 27th, we attended a meeting where Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland) spoke to the audience on a number of issues, including the legislation recently vetoed by Governor Phil Murphy that would create a Growth Zone in our county. The bill would allow eligible businesses to receive a base tax credit of $5,000 a year for each job created or retained at certain airports, including the Cape May County Airport. As much as Lower Township needs jobs, we were sad to hear that.
We later learned that Governor Murphy vetoed the bill because many of the workers would have been contract employees, who get a raw deal in our economy. The governor indicated that he would support the bill if it supported direct hiring by employers. We encourage Senator Van Drew to change the bill to support higher-quality jobs, so the governor can sign it into law.
For more information and to read the Governor’s statement on his veto of this bill, visit this link: https://www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/562018/approved/20180827a.shtml
LT Democratic Victory 2018 campaign yard signs will soon appear in your neighborhood. Carmela, Tom, and Kit thank you for your continued support. If you would like to post a sign in your yard, please contact campaign manager, Ed Williamson, at EdW4Dems@comcast.net or call 856-278-5992.
Did you know that Lower Township has been designated as an Opportunity Zone? This program encourages private investors to support economic development in distressed communities. Our candidates Carmela, Tom, and Kit applaud Governor Murphy and his team for bringing this opportunity to our Township, and we look forward to working with them on this project. New Jersey has not yet released the rules, but you can click here for more information about Opportunity Zone
Three Democratic candidates for Lower Township Council, Carmela Pallotta, Tom Poussart, and Kit Marlowe, have released campaign material that explains their positions on issues affecting the community. The printed card, which will be distributed to residents in wards 1, 2, and 3, details why they are running for council and what they hope to achieve. The handout also includes brief biographies of each candidate. Materials are available upon request.
Lower Township Democratic Club Nominates Three Candidates for Council
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lower Township – The Lower Township Democratic Club has endorsed three community-minded candidates for Lower Township Council. Their combined campaign is called the Lower Township Democratic Victory Committee. Cozette Gasser, past-chair of this club, said, “We are very proud to offer three fine candidates this year.”
Carmela Pallotta (Ward 1) has earned recognition for her tireless work as a teacher and administrator. Her work with special needs students earned her the Ruth E. Neumann Award for Educational Excellence. Carmela is also an award-winning artist and conducts workshops as a volunteer throughout Cape May County. If elected to Council, Carmela pledges to work hard for families and especially children and the elderly.
Thomas Poussart (Ward 2) has had a combined 40-year career maintaining communications and computer systems for the Navy and the Federal Aviation Administration. At the FAA, he managed a team that maintained the air traffic control system. As a member of the New Jersey Air National Guard, Tom maintained jet fighter bombing computers and gun-sights. Since moving to Lower Township, Tom and his wife, Ellen, have volunteered for various organizations, including Habitat for Humanity and Family Promise. If elected to Council, Tom pledges to listen to the needs of the residents and to make sure that their concerns and needs are met by Township leadership.
Kit Marlowe (Ward 3) is a chemist, an engineer, and a safety manager. He specialized in preparing water and wastewater utilities for emergencies. Kit strongly advocates for transparency in local government and wants to offer new, creative solutions to some of the Township’s problems. If elected to Council, Kit promises to keep all citizens informed of the actions of Council and will be open to their ideas on making Lower Township a safe, healthy, and prosperous community.
Bob Rizzo, a resident of Mickel’s Run, said, “Lower Township will benefit greatly from highly qualified candidates who pledge to govern openly and honestly.”
To learn more about these candidates and their campaigns, contact campaign manager, Ed Williamson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.