Democratic candidates Doug Helmstetter and Dan Malloy accelerated their campaign into overdrive this month, promoting “A Shared Voice for Jefferson” as the mantra to represent their support for a bipartisan local government.

The team is running for two open seats on the Jefferson Township Council, which has not seen bipartisan membership in nearly two decades. Historically a Republican stronghold, Jefferson’s last two-party representation was in 2000.

“For far too many years, our township has had only one voice,” says Helmstetter, a Jefferson resident for more than three decades. “A democracy does not function as a monotone. Another voice is long overdue,” he adds.

The two candidates recently launched three separate Facebook pages, one of which is titled for the campaign’s slogan, “A Shared Voice for Jefferson.” The other two are named for the individual candidates: “Doug Helmstetter for Town Council” and “Dan Malloy for Town Council.”

The three pages will be updated frequently with campaign news, positions, areas of concern, and statements from the candidates, according to Christine Malloy Rojas, campaign chair. Although both Malloy and Helmstetter have been rigorously canvassing the township, they see social media as another means of consistently engaging with constituents. The campaign invites residents to post comments and questions to the pages, which will receive attention and responses from the candidates.

Township Banking on Sherrill for 11th District

Mikie Sherrill, candidate for New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District, is bringing her campaign directly to the voters of Jefferson Township this Sunday, September 23. Residents are welcome to help canvass with her or help the phone banking effort, which will be located at 54 Schoolhouse Road, Oak Ridge, between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. (Courtesy photo)

This Sunday, September 23, the campaign will host Democratic candidate Mikie Sherrill, who is running for New Jersey’s 11th District congressional seat being vacated by Rodney Frelinghuysen. Sherrill and her campaign will join Jefferson Democrats between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. at 54 Schoolhouse Road, Oak Ridge, for canvassing and phone banking.

Excited to host Sherrill, the Jefferson Township Democratic Committee expects an enthusiastic welcome for the charismatic and popular candidate. The committee, Helmstetter, and Malloy extend an open invitation to Democrats in the 11th District to join them at the phone bank.

“We’ve been telling Mikie’s team how awesome Jefferson Democrats have been this year and would love to give a strong showing at the event,” said Christine Clarke, committee chair. “If you can make it, please come!” she added.

For additional information about the local campaign, contact Malloy Rojas at Christine8malloy@gmail.com or 973-919-2090.

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Maria Weiskott is a Jefferson Township resident and a forty year veteran of the publishing profession. An award-winning journalist and editor, she served in top managerial positions at numerous business-to- business newspapers and magazines including Reed Elsevier and Fairchild Publications. Early in her career she operated a local newspaper in the Passaic Valley towns of Little Falls, Totowa and the former West Paterson. Following retirement, she launched a “ghostblogging” service that provides social networking update and blogging services for small and medium sized businesses. Maria travels widely with her husband and is a passionate photographer. She can be reached at maria.weiskott@thejeffersonchronicle.com.