I know that people are frustrated with partisan politics. Our founders warned about the harm that a two-party system would do to our country. We see that playing out right now. Citizens complain about the money in politics… but it’s not just from special interest groups or PACs. In fact, many candidates get “the party line” because they bring the most money to the table. Essentially, candidates are buying their way in. I’ve had people call me to say that if I hadn’t raised a certain amount of money, then I should get out. Guess what? I’m still here. Perseverance.
As a scientist, I can be a bit of a numbers geek. Think about how few people show up to vote in a primary… 10%. That means a small number of people get to select who is on the general election ballot for the Democrat or Republican line. You have one member of Congress for every 711,000 people. That means ~ 70,000 people decide who will be on the general election ballot.
Remember, the majority is the 45%. The majority are unaffiliated voters. They choose not to be a “member” of either party. The good news is that in this general election, there are five independent choices to choose from in NJ’s 4th Congressional District. I challenge all voters to look at the credentials and qualities of each individual on the ballot. What skills do they bring to the job of Congress person that will help you? It should be about the person and not the party (because the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again… expecting a different outcome)!
My main platform issues are term limits, tort reform, healthcare, education, small business protections, the environment, and family law. I’ve worked in these industries and will bring first-hand knowledge to policies in these areas. When elected, I will establish advisory boards, consisting of constituents across diverse interests, to provide direct input on issues ranging from health care, veterans’ affairs, environment, agriculture, persons with disabilities, education, etc. I am confident that some of the best solutions can come directly from constituents.
I stated on NJ 101.5 radio, in an interview with Bill Spadea, that I promise to live in New Jersey and work in DC. I promise to represent all constituents… not one party or another. I bring dynamic interpersonal skills to this role… in addition to being empathetic, compassionate, a leader, a problem solver, critical thinking and analytical skills, communication skills and relatable. After all, I’ve been an active member in our community over my lifetime.
Vote for change. Every vote counts. Vote for Felicia Stoler for Congress, the Inclusion Candidate®!