PATERSON REGULAR REPUBLICAN ORGANIZATION ANNOUCES LEADERSHIP POSITIONS AND ITS VISION FOR THE PARTY
Asks Leaders to Commit To Building The Party in Paterson
PATERSON, NEW JERSEY – June 11, 2012
Paterson Regular Republican County Committee
Co-Chair Carlos Pagan
This evening the Paterson Regular Republican Committee held their reorganization meeting. The new slate of officers, CO CHAIRS and CO VICE CHAIRS, were elected by acclimation? Juan Ramon, Bill Connelly, and Carlos Pagan will serve as Co-Chairs, while Carlos Alejo, Juan Kivelier, and Dalihah Rodriguez will serve as Co-Vice Chairs.
Co-Chair Carlos Pagan called on the leadership of the Passaic County Regular Republican Organization to pay attention to the County’s largest municipality between leadership election and not only when they are looking for votes.
“We as elected members of Paterson’s Republican County Committee have a responsibility to build the party and promote our shared ideas with our community. The political state of our city, is what it is because of our opponents actions as well as our inaction,” Pagan said. “Democrats have made inroads in traditional Republican strongholds, and we shouldn’t write off any of our county’s voters as a lost cause to the Republican Party.”
He then implored Governor Christie to hold the county Republican leadership to task. “This is where your leadership is needed. We must hold whoever is elected chair accountable.” Pagan emphasized the need for unity asserting, “Petty personal bickering among our local leaders must not continue to plague our party and limit our ability to reach out and motivate current and new Republican voters in Passaic County.”
A prevalent theme for the evening was the idea of choice. Pagan noted that committee members are faced with a choice, and every choice is an opportunity for a statement. He asks everyone to make a clear choice by not watching the elected county leadership spin in circles and inhibit the party’s growth. With this in mind, Pagan and the rest of the County Committee leadership believe that the organization’s members can elect leaders who will reinvigorate the City of Paterson.
Factions are at play. It has been more than 10 years since the last Republican headquarters has been in Paterson. Paterson has not seen resources in areas such as voter registration and voter outreach. It has been difficult to get people to know who the Republican Party is and what it stands for. It is difficult to start a movement without a driving force behind it. The party’s leaders will not even give the committee the time of day. Paterson is a Republican stronghold because of our leaders actions and also lack of actions. The Democratic Party is making inroads in towns like Ringwood and Wayne. There is no reason to write off these towns. Doing so shows that the Republican Party is doing a disservice to the people of Passaic County. Whoever is elected needs to help heal the party. Two factions have consistently divided the Republican Party and crippled its growth. The two current candidates and their alliances do not offer a chance for change but rather will continue down a course of inaction.
We are faced with a choice, and every choice is an opportunity for a statement. He asks everyone to make a clear choice by not watching the elected county leadership spin in circles and not help grow the party. Several Committee Members asked Carlos Pagan if he would be willing to run for Chairman, and Pagan quickly declined. Rumana said the purpose of the meeting was to discuss rebuilding the Republican Party in Paterson through the work of the Paterson Regular Republican County Committee.He announced nominations for the leadership team as follows: Juan Ramon, Bill Connelly, and Carlos Pagan as Co-Chairs. Rumana also announced Carlos Alejo , Juan Kivelier and Dalihah Rodriguez as Co Vice-Chairs.
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