I have something in common with every category above. And while I am running as a Democrat, I am not an ideologue. What drives me is a vision of New Jersey as a renewed and refreshed Garden State, with a healthy and clean environment and people who live together in basic harmony, under laws that are sensible and fair. As a democrat, I favor environmental protection, and protection of the truly vulnerable or in need,
But since moving to this area almost 20 years ago, I have made many Republican friends who support my candidacy. And I am grateful and proud for their support.
I agree with many of the values of conservatism: Ex. the importance of personal responsibility, the need for individual liberty, the right to bear arms, the value of hard work in creating success, keeping taxes to a minimum, and lack of inhibiting regulations on enterprise.
In my personal life, I hold to many values traditionally associated with conservatism. Ex. I've been married to one person for 36 years, and have no outstanding debt besides my mortgage.
Everyone who knows me well knows that I am independent thinker who can work well with people of any political stripe. To me, our government should NOT be about any party, it's about a platform and goals to make our state healthy, prosperous and free, into the future....
As the comic Will Rogers, famously said, "I'm not a member of any organized political party - I'm a Democrat."
My democratic heroes are the Kennedy brothers, Jack and Bobby.
I became a Democrat during the civil rights movement and have served as a committee woman, and later member of the State Democratic Committee.
Though I have sometimes been disappointed with individual Democratic leaders, in general, I value democratic ideals, such as environmental protection, protection of the vulnerable, inclusion, medical privacy, and social fairness. To me, "liberty and justice for all" is not just a slogan - but a key democratic ideal.
Anyone who knows me knows that I'm an independent thinker, who takes each situation for what it is and needs. I try to bring fresh energy and innovation to each issue and situation that I face. In general, I am uncomfortable with rigid ideology, and based on my work as a therapist, I can work with others who think differently than I do by finding common ground and using it as a starting place.
I value my intellectual independence, and consider myself to be a thoughtful, fair-minded person, open to new ideas. My goal is to bring value wherever I go, and to honor the dignity of whomever I am dealing with.