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What is a Committeeman?
Committeeman is an unpaid elected official who manages party politics. Committeemen designate and promote candidates to be on the ballot for public office. The Committeeman’s influence includes choosing replacements for local officials who step down, supporting candidates for office and encouraging active voter participation. An active and visible Committeeman can engage voters throughout the 39th Ward to find the best qualified candidates, ensure that voters concerns are heard, and operate in an open and transparent way. This position will be a spring-board for the development of an independent Democratic organization similar to what is happening in others wards in the city. Committeemen have sway over state-wide and county-wide offices. For years our current committeeman has been the tool of the Machine, under the control of Berrios and those who support him.
Why Run for Committeeman?
In February 2015 The 39th Ward saw a sea-change in how it looked at the current regime holding office - 47% said it was time to change. Having come so close in such a short amount of time on such a small budget (outspent 5 to 1) the fight needs to continue, not just for aldmeran but for all the elected positions in the 39th Ward. I fought very hard to make this change happen, and the best way to utilize the support and name recognition I gained in that race for the benefit of all the ward is by seeking this office that the Laurino-D'Amico family have used to maintain their hold over us. Times have changed, but the family is not.
By gaining the office of Committeeman, we will bring this ward one step closer to having a true independent voice.
Why is Robert the Best Candidate?
In running for alderman Robert worked tirelessly and tenaciously for change and transparency in the 39th Ward. Change and accountability are overdue in this ward and Robert has committed himself to seeing that this change happens. Robert was able to bring together the interests of the entire ward through his campaign, to give voice to concerns over safety, economic development, transportation, noise, and education. Robert showed that by joining as one voice we can begin to see the changes and progress this ward deserves. It is only in this way can real change begin. Your interests are not their family interests. You deserve better.
Robert will be an Independent Democratic voice for the voters of the 39th Ward. Robert shares and understands your concerns, but he is not tied down to the Machine that has pushed this great city to the brink. It is past time to break the stranglehold that one family has had over this ward for 52 years. One family rule: It’s working for them, not for you. There has been nothing and no one to hold this family accountable to how your tax dollars are spent, for how your ward is developed, for putting planes over your heads and to how our schools are funded. Please join this campaign and together we will change that.