Jefferson Twp., NJ : Christine Clarke, environmental advocate, grassroots organizer, volunteer and homeschooling mother-of-four, formally declared her candidacy for State Assembly in the 26th Legislative District race today.
She is running to address climate change, tax relief and public health with a focus on renewable energy jobs. Clarke is the chairwoman of the Jefferson Township Democratic Committee , a steering committee member of the Jersey Renews coalition and the NJ March for Science , the former Environmental Director at Action Together New Jersey and was an early organizer with NJ 11th For Change.
"Christine has been a relentless advocate for the environmental health of New Jersey. She understands the risks our state faces if we do not rise to meet the challenge that climate change presents, and she understands the opportunities for a healthier, cleaner, and more productive New Jersey if we choose to invest now in a sustainable future," said Matt Buckley, Founder, NJ March For Science.
Clarke started the ATNJ Environment team and created Action Together's #ClimateVoter video series, hosting Facebook Live broadcasts with members of Congress to talk about climate change and environmental policy. Clarke has spent the last few years organizing free public educational forums and events bringing people together around renewable energy and conservation, running grassroots calls to action, and attending conferences and public hearings to defend our rights to clean air, clean water and sensible environmental regulations.
“ As Mayor of the largest municipality in Legislative District 26, I am proudly supporting Christine Clarke for State Assembly in 2019. Christine’s enthusiasm for green, economically sound policies will be a great contribution to our Democratic Majority Caucus,” said Parsippany Mayor Michael Soriano. “I look forward to a committed partnership between Christine and my administration to deliver results for the taxpayers of Parsippany.”
Clarke has focused on accelerating the transition to renewable energy not only as a means of addressing climate change and reducing the state’s emissions, but as a way to protect public health while creating thousands of well-paying jobs and generating revenue to relieve New Jersey taxpayers like her family from unsustainable tax increases.
Clarke has already received the endorsements of Morris County Democratic Committee Chairman Chip Robinson and Essex County Democratic Committee Chairman Leroy Jones. "Christine has what it takes to make a great assemblywoman. A fierce advocate for women's rights, health care rights, immigrants’ rights and addressing the climate crisis, Christine is what is need in the legislature at this moment in time," said Robinson.
“I’m thrilled that Christine Clarke will be running for Assembly this year,” said Jones. “She truly understands the impact that policy makes on people’s lives and has long been a tireless advocate for change. She has a genuine grasp of the issues we are facing and will bring her progressive pragmatism to the state assembly.”
The Clarke For Assembly campaign is hosting a launch event on March 2 in Parsippany at The Mule Tavern from 5-7 p.m. and a volunteer kick-off event March 9. To sign up or learn more, visit www.clarkeforassembly.com .
Campaign Manager Benjamin Weisman encourages people to get involved. “This is the people’s campaign and we have a candidate who brings a unique blend of big picture vision and common sense understanding that is sorely needed in Trenton. Clarke is not a lifelong politician.
Rather she is an activist who is committed to creating positive change. Together we can send a leader to Trenton who, like so many of us, cares more about securing our future than about political posturing.”
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