We are Pennsauken!

I have to hand it to Democratic Pennsauken Township Committee candidates Marco DiBattista and Jessica Rafeh.  With their campaign slogan “We Are Pennsauken” they are not even trying to hide that they are part of the power broker system in Pennsauken.  The are not hiding that they are the hand picked successors.  They are not hiding that they are part of the small group of people who rule Pennsauken while #TheOther35000 have no voice and no power.  Candidate DiBattista is not trying to hide that he serves as Treasurer and Office Manager at the Pennsauken Sewerage Authority while running for Pennsauken Township Committee (the body that makes appointments to the Pennsauken Sewerage Authority).   They are not trying to hide that they represent the party that has ruled over us for over 30 years.   They proclaim loudly “WE ARE PENNSAUKEN!”  Unfortunately for DiBattista and Rafeh they are wrong.  WE THE RESIDENTS ARE PENNSAUKEN and we are ready to take the power back!

I talked about this in a prior blog post.  Out of 29 positions on Pennsauken Township Committee, Pennsauken Planning Board, Pennsauken Zoning Board and Pennsauken School Board (plus one current candidate);

  • A staggering 24 are registered Democrats
  • Only 1 is a registered Republican
  • One is listed as unaffiliated and 3 I could not find their voter registration records.

It’s no wonder DiBattista and Rafeh loudly proclaim “We are Pennsauken!”.

Additionally 7 are current or former Pennsauken Township employees, 2 are current or former Pennsauken School District employees and 4 are Pennsauken Sewerage Authority employees (including candidate DiBattista).  Out of 29 positions on these boards (plus one candidate) 13 work for Pennsauken Township, the Pennsauken School District or the Pennsauken Sewerage Authority!

It’s no wonder DiBattista and Rafeh loudly proclaim “We are Pennsauken!”.

I also found it interesting that the Chairs of the Pennsauken Planning Board and the Pennsauken Zoning Board are both members of the Camden County Democratic Committee.

It’s no wonder DiBattista and Rafeh loudly proclaim “We are Pennsauken!”.

We are Pennsauken

For over 30 years Pennsauken has been under the rule of one party and their handpicked successors.  According to the 2010 census there were 35,855 residents in Pennsauken.   Of the active registered voters in Pennsauken approximately 51% are Democrat.  If only approximately half of the voters in our town are registered Democrats why are 24 of 29 leadership roles in town held by Democrats?  Of those 29 why do 13 (including one candidate) work for Pennsauken Township, the Pennsauken School District or the Pennsauken Sewerage Authority?  Why is is that you apparently have to be blessed by Pennsauken’s Democratic power broker system to hold one of the important board or committee seats in town?  Where is the representation of #TheOther35000?

It’s no wonder DiBattista and Rafeh loudly proclaim “We are Pennsauken!”.

After candidates Sabrina Winkler and Lisa Eckel began engaging voters on social media the Pennsauken Democrats relaunched and shared their web site over social media.  As you see in the screen shot below there has not been new information posted on their web site since 2011.

Democratic Web Site

Apparently being part of the Democratic machine in Pennsauken candidates DiBattista and Rafeh didn’t feel the need to engage with voters online until they realized Winkler and Eckel were doing so and effectively delivering their message to #TheOther35000.  Other than a few posts on social media Democrats in 2017 clearly didn’t feel the need to engage with voters online.  Democrats in Pennsauken apparently feel they will be elected without bothering to engage with the electorate.  They are confident #TheOther35000 will do as they are told.

It’s no wonder DiBattista and Rafeh don’t bother to engage with the voters.  After all THEY ARE PENNSAUKEN right?

While suddenly following Winkler and Eckel’s lead online candidates DiBattista and Rafeh have not shared with us their platform or what they are going to do to make Pennsauken a great place to live in and work.  All we’ve seen from DiBattista and Rafeh is a bunch of selfies around town.  That reminds me as I’ve been meaning to ask.  Was DiBattista getting paid by the Pennsauken Sewerage Authority while out campaigning last Friday?

Ceremony

I guess it doesn’t matter as DiBattista and Rafeh loudly proclaim “We are Pennsauken!”.  The #Other35000 don’t get to ask questions!

As I shared in a prior blog post according to these 2017 population estimates from the U.S. Censes Bureau;

Population estimate in Pennsauken: 35,934
Percentage of those over 65: 14.5%
Percentage of those ages 19 to 64: 57.9%

According to a Pew Research Study;

66% of those over the age of 65 are on the Internet
87% of those ages 50 to 64 are on the Internet
97% of those 30 to 49 are on the Internet
98% of those 18 to 29 are on the Internet

There are various social media channels DiBattista and Rafeh could use to engage voters online, share their platform and tell us how they are going to make Pennsauken a great place to live and work.  I guess they do not feel the need to engage with us.  THEY ARE PENNSAUKEN.  They are the hand picked successors of the power brokers.  The are part of the small group that rules over #TheOther35000.

This November let’s show the power brokers that WE THE PEOPLE ARE PENNSAUKEN!  Let’s return the power and voice to the residents of Pennsauken.  Let’s put an end to over 30-years of rule by the same small group of people and their hand picked successors.  Let’s show them that we are #TheOther35000.

DiBattista and Rafeh you and the power brokers may have been able to say We Are Pennsauken until now but in November we will show you that #TheOther35000 are Pennsauken!Vote Nov 6