Statement: NJ11th For Change Seeks Sherrill Town Hall




November 28, 2018



NJ 11th for Change Requests Mikie Sherrill Hold Town Hall

Constituents Eager to Ask Questions of New Congresswoman-Elect


Montclair, NJ — NJ 11th for Change today sent a letter to Congresswoman-Elect Mikie Sherrill requesting that she hold a Town Hall as soon as practicable before year end or early in the new year following her inauguration.

Mikie Sherrill repeatedly committed during her campaign to hold regular Town Hall meetings so that constituents could voice their concerns and ask questions.  As the Congresswoman-Elect begins to make decisions regarding caucuses and coalitions to join and support, the people of NJ-11 are eager to hear her reasoning for these decisions, as well as her plans for turning her campaign promises into actionable policies that directly improve the lives of constituents in her district. 

“We enthusiastically endorsed Mikie Sherrill because she ran a transparent and responsive campaign, and because she voiced positions on issues like women’s rights, healthcare, infrastructure and taxes that align with the values of our district. As Ms. Sherrill gets ready to begin the job we hired her to do, we are eager to ask her how she plans to translate those campaign positions into policy and develop a voting record that reflects the needs and concerns of her constituents,” said Saily M. Avelenda, Executive Director of NJ 11th for Change.

“After years of frustrating stonewalling and unwillingness to engage from our current Congressman, we look forward to Ms. Sherrill’s honoring her repeated commitment to hold regular Town Hall meetings and be otherwise responsive to her constituents and the issues they elected her to address,” said Elizabeth Juviler, Political Director of NJ 11th for Change.

A copy of NJ 11th for Change’s letter is below.



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ANNOUNCEMENT: 'Nobody Is Above The Law' Rally Today

The following announcement has been distributed to media outlets, November 8, 2018:


NJ 11th for Change to Join Nobody is Above the Law Rally Today in Morristown

Group Demands Congress Protect Mueller Investigation In Response to Sessions Firing

Morristown, NJ—NJ 11th for Change will join other groups this afternoon to protest President Trump’s abuse of power in firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions -- and appointing Trump loyalist Matthew Whitaker to replace him -- in order to quash the criminal investigation into his Administration.

According to Saily M. Avelenda, Esq., Executive Director of NJ 11th for Change:

“We, the people, are awake, and we will not stay silent as this president relentlessly drives stake after stake into the heart of our fundamental democratic institutions. We will not be worn down. We demand our current Congress finally stand up to this abuse of power and protect the Mueller investigation, and we look forward to a new congressional delegation next year -- including newly elected Mikie Sherrill in our district -- that will exercise its constitutional duty to impose checks and balances on this out of control executive. Nobody is above the law.”

  • WHAT: Nobody is Above the Law Rally
  • WHERE: Morristown Green at Washington Street, Morristown, NJ,
  • WHEN: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 5 pm


About NJ 11th for Change:

NJ 11th For Change is a 501(c)(4) unaffiliated organization dedicated to advocating for all people of New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District. We foster an engaged and informed community with the power to shape our political representation so that it is transparent, responsive and accountable—and so that it reflects the values of fairness, compassion, inclusivity and a decent quality of life.

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Statement: NJ 11th for Change on Mikie Sherrill's Win


This is the statement released by NJ 11th for Change to media outlets on the evening of November 6, 2018:

Montclair, NJ — The following statement can be attributed to Saily M. Avelenda, Esq., Executive Director of NJ 11th for Change:

“We are thrilled to congratulate Mikie Sherrill on her impressive win!

“Throughout her campaign, Mikie Sherrill has displayed the transparency, responsiveness, and accountability we demand from all of our elected representatives. After 24 years of being underrepresented, after years and years of having a representative who refused to hear our concerns, WE FINALLY HAVE CHANGE!  We are confident that Mikie Sherrill will serve with these principles in mind.

“Mikie stands firmly in favor of affordable healthcare, women’s reproductive rights, public transportation, fair taxation, LGBTQ rights, the environment, boosting New Jersey’s economy, and other issues that are vital to creating a robust and an inclusive community in CD11.  She is committed to standing up against the harmful policies being implemented in Washington and to moving us forward as a district and as a nation. We know that once she takes her seat in Congress, Mikie will fight hard for CD11, for New Jersey, and for the nation. And NJ 11th for Change will be right there, supporting her efforts and ensuring that our voices continue to be heard.

“This win is also a victory for the thousands of members of NJ 11th for Change who have spent the last two years tirelessly mobilizing and organizing, speaking out, knocking on doors, making telephone calls, writing postcards, and showing up in the rain, snow and heat to ensure that their voices and concerns were heard. Without them, there would be no NJ 11th for Change.  WIthout them, there would never have been an opportunity for a strong candidate like Mikie Sherrill to emerge. Every one of our members deserves to celebrate and savor this moment.

“This is the power of us. This is what democracy looks like when it works FOR the people, and we are incredibly proud to have been a part of this transformation in CD11.

“Finally, we are keenly aware of the work yet to come. NJ 11th for Change has never been about any single election, or any single elected official. We will continue to fight for sustainable and real representation at all levels of government, from the state legislature to the county to municipal offices in CD11. We will continue to hold our elected officials accountable, shine a light on their actions, and mobilize our volunteers towards more civic engagement.  

“This is only the beginning.


Where to Vote Early



Here are early voting locations and hours in NJ-11.

Early voting continues in all four NJ-11 counties until 3 PM Monday, Nov. 5.

Morris County Clerk:

Administration & Records Building
10 Court Street
P.O. Box 315
Morristown, NJ 07963-0315
Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

  • In-person early voting available: 8:00 AM–4:00 PM, Monday–Friday, up until 3:00 PM on Monday, November 5.


Essex County Clerk:

Hall of Records
465 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Room 247
Newark, NJ 07102
Hours: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

  • In-person early voting available: 8:30 AM–4:00 PM, Monday–Friday, up until 3:00 PM on Monday, November 5.



South Mountain Recreation Complex 
Turtle Back Zoo Education Center Building (adjacent to Park and Ride)
560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052

  • Monday, November 5, 9:00 AM–3:00 PM


Passaic County Clerk:

401 Grand Street
Room 130
Paterson, NJ 07505
Hours: 8:30 AM–4:30 PM

  • In-person early voting available: 8:30 AM–4:00 PM, Monday–Friday, up until 3:00 PM on Monday, November 5.


Sussex County Clerk:

83 Spring Street
Suite 304
Newton, NJ 07860-2080
Hours: Weekdays: 8:00 AM–4:00 PM

  • In-person early voting available: 8:30 AM–4:00 PM, Monday–Friday, up until 3:00 PM on Monday, November 5.

Early Voting Is An Option!



We know. It's been confusing. But here are the great big YES answers to many VBM/voting early questions: 

  • Can any registered voter vote early, even if he or she signed up to Vote by Mail? YES!!!!
  • I didn't send my mail-in ballot by the deadline. Or my pet tortoise ate it. Is it BETTER to vote early than by provisional ballot on election day? YES!!!!!
  • Is my early voting ballot a REAL ballot counted on election night (and is my provisional ballot counted later?) YES AND YES!!!!
  • If I was sent a VBM but can't find it, can I vote at an early voting location? YES!!!!
  • If I was sent a VBM to another address, can I vote early? YES!!!
  • If I requested a VBM but it never arrived, can I vote early? YES!!!!!
  • If I applied to VBM but the Clerk didn't process it, can I vote early? YES!!!!!
  • If I have not applied to VBM but I want to vote early, even after October 30th, can I vote early? YES!!!!!
  • If I am on the record as being a VBM voter and I neglect to vote by mail or early, will my ONLY choice be to vote by PROVISIONAL ballot on election day? YES!!!!!


And again: Is EARLY VOTING better than voting by provisional ballot?



Here's exactly where and when you can cast an early vote:

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UGLY TRUTHS: Webber's Woeful Record On Women's Issues




Like bullies. Bullies whose constant response to women’s concerns is a resounding NO.

When Christie said NO to women’s well-being with drastic cuts to women’s health care, the impact was devastating. Health centers were forced to close.  Breast and cervical cancer cases increased. And Morris County had the highest surge in bacterial sexually transmitted infections in the state.

We also know Jay Webber’s harsh voting record on issues that affect women and their families.  There’s no reason to believe his views would change if he were elected to Congress.   

Webber voted:

  • NO! on a bill that passed overwhelmingly to protect women and minorities from workplace discrimination, making it illegal to offer them lower pay and fewer benefits without good reason.
  • NO! on increasing the minimum wage.  
  • NO! (repeatedly) on funding for Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics.   
  • NO! on after-school programs for at-risk children.
  • NO! (twice) on a bill that would require health benefits for certain treatment therapies for autism and other developmental disabilities.


And when it came time to require insurers to cover breast evaluations and other medically necessary tests, Webber was silent — he abstained from voting on a unanimously passed bill.

Do we want to be represented in Congress by someone who has failed to show compassion and empathy?  


Vote Mikie Sherrill on November 6.

UGLY TRUTHS: Targeting Planned Parenthood

One in five women in the U.S. relies on Planned Parenthood for health services that include testing and treatment for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy testing, and cancer screenings. Last year, over 18,000 women, men and teens received treatment from Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey.

A poll commissioned by NJ11th for Change showed more than 70% of district residents support continued federal funding to Planned Parenthood for non-abortion services. Even the majority of Republicans polled agreed. But Jay Webber has been unyielding in his quest to defund the clinics. Thankfully, NJ legislators have prevailed to keep them open and help families in need.

UGLY TRUTHS: Webber's Betrayal Of LGBTQ Youth


Imagine being a gay or transgender teenager whose family decides to “fix” you through conversion therapy sessions -- medically unsound, non-scientific interventions purporting to change sexual orientation or gender identity. Since you’re a minor, refusal is not an option. Many LGBT adults who have undergone the process describe it as torturous, traumatic and harmful.

Conversion therapy has been condemned by the American Medical Association. A 2015 New Jersey court case officially ruled it to be fraud. And former U.S. Surgeon General, David Satcher, issued a report stating that "there is no valid scientific evidence that sexual orientation can be changed."

When NJ legislators voted overwhelmingly to oppose this type of treatment on minors, guess who voted against abolishing the practice? Jay Webber.

Protect LGBTQ teens.

Vote Mikie Sherrill November 6.

NEWS: Essex County Opens Additional Early Voting Center


Essex County voters – you now have a choice of TWO places in which you can vote early in Election 2016.  An additional center is now open at South Mountain Recreation Complex, Turtle Back Zoo, Education Building, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange. Here is a .pdf from the Essex County Clerk's Office with early-voting center information.

The South Mountain center will be open:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, October 22-24: 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday, October 25: Closed; Newark Office is open
Friday, October 26: 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday, October 29: 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, October 30: Closed; Newark Office is open
Wednesday, October 31: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday, November 1: 11:30 a.m – 7 p.m.
Friday, November 2: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 3: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Monday, November 5: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Early voting continues to be available at the Essex County Hall of Records, 465 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Room 247, Newark. Hours at Newark are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. On Monday, November 5, early voting in Newark closes at 3 p.m.

Election day is Tuesday, November 6.

NEWS: Star Ledger, New York Times Endorse Sherrill

Mikie Sherrill, Democratic candidate for the 11th District congressional seat, has picked up two important endorsements from the editorial boards of The New York Times and the Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest newspaper.

Vote Mikie Sherrill for Congress: Webber is too fanatical (Star-Ledger)

Highlights: Sherrill’s “sterling background as a Navy veteran, helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor” and “sensible defense of our health care coverage [and] gun safety” are contrasted with “Webber’s bear hug of President Trump and a Republican party that’s careened to the far right.” The Star-Ledger’s editorial board writes that Webber’s state legislature voting record “proves he’s far too extreme for the people of this district.”

Candidates Who Can Help Take Back the House (The New York Times)

Highlights: Sherrill is featured as one of six candidates The Times’ editorial board considers to be strong choices for “representatives in Congress who will act against corruption in the Trump administration and work for legislation to provide health care, public services and jobs to Americans, as opposed to tax breaks for millionaires.” The Times notes Sherrill’s commitment to the Gateway infrastructure project and universal background checks for gun purchases.