Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Old Blue Ribbon: Montclair Goes Green

Dispatch from Mr. Alan Smith:

Kathryn Weller is ahead in the at-large seat of the Montclair NJ town council election by 41 votes, with only the provisional ballots left to be counted ... I was her campaign manager in 2004. Tonight her slate cleaned up including the guy who ran for mayor, Jerry Fried, the head of Bike Montclair, the biggest cycling advocacy organization in New Jersey ...They were the most progressive slate running in the most progressive town in New Jersey ...They ran on a green platform including a plan to install solar panels on all schools and government buildings, wind turbines on our windy mountaintop, a bike friendlier town and, maybe most importantly, in this economically and racially diverse town where only the rich are surviving as of late, rent control. They were thoroughly out matched as far as funding. They silk-screened their own t-shirts and handed out their own literature and they won the election, getting more votes than 2 heavily financed and politically connected slates.

Sometimes the good guys actually win. Oh, and Kathryn is having a baby in less than 2 weeks.

Congratulations to the Unity folks!

I imagine the hard part comes next; Montclair is full of rather entitled, monied, and powerful people, and I'm sure that once slighted they will do everything the can to trip these folks up. Here's hoping for the best!

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