Had I not put my name on the ballot, New Jersey Democrats would literally have no choice in the primary election for US Senate. I believe the incumbent senator will either lose to me on June 5 or to the Republican in November. I did try to recruit someone else to run for Senate and ordinary people to seek other offices but we came up short. This is an unconventional campaign. Our primary method of spreading the word is by email (and I am also sorry about the duplicates, but the technical end of this confounded our volunteer force) but we hope to have about 20,000 volunteers telling other voters about me. We are waging a people-powered campaign.
I do not want money.
That said, some people can only help by making donations and we need all the help we can get. All I want is for you to talk to people and let them know they have a choice on June 5.
We all know the phrase, "ready or not." I may be unprepared as a candidate because I lack a vast fortune but I am fully able to serve as a US Senator, because I am a mother, a citizen and a regular person. I really do not believe the one with the most money should always win. Voters have the responsibility to learn about their options and make wise choices. This is what democracy looks like.
There are detailed plans and statements on my website at www.lisamccormick.org, on Twitter & Facebook to let folks know where I stand on the issues.
Humanity faces extinction level threats -- deadly virus outbreaks, possible nuclear nightmares and climate change -- as well as a long list of more ordinary problems such as low wages and economic inequality, injustice and security concerns. It is all important and we can fix everything if we only make the effort.
I am not telling you what to do, but I would appreciate your support. Make whatever choice you think is best, as we are all in this together. I will not betray your trust if given this honor.