Action Together New Jersey Celebrates Andy Kim’s Win & Grassroots Volunteerism

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For Immediate Release:

Action Together New Jersey Celebrates Andy Kim’s Win & Grassroots Volunteerism

MADISON, NJ, November 15, 2018 – Action Together New Jersey (ATNJ), New Jersey’s statewide, 18,000+ member progressive organization, congratulates Andy Kim on his hard fought win, edging out incumbent Representative Tom MacArthur in New Jersey’s 3rd congressional district. Mr. Kim’s victory came after several days of vote-by-mail counting in CD3’s two counties – Burlington and Ocean.

“New Jersey’s political map looks vastly different now than it did on November 5th,” said Uyen “Winn” Khuong, Executive Director, ATNJ. “We’ve gone from seven congressional seats held by Democrats to eleven – the most in New Jersey’s history. This is both because we had fantastic candidates who will fight for New Jerseyans every day, AND because of the amazing armies of grassroots volunteers who worked tirelessly in support of these great candidates. I’m appreciative of each and every one of them.”

Promoting vote-by-mail was a particularly important strategy in this election for both parties and conducted by many grassroots organizations. “We are particularly excited about Andy’s win because it was vote-by-mail that put him across the finish line,” said Lizzie Foley, HR Director, ATNJ. “Many organizations promoted vote-by-mail. ATNJ launched the ‘Post-it-Posse’ initiative beginning this summer, in which o​ver 82,000 Vote By Mail applications and information sheets were sent out in Burlington and Ocean Counties. We’re quite sure that the hundreds of volunteers gathering at kitchen tables and coffee shops, writing notes to voters will prove to have been crucial in flipping this seat from red to blue. I thank every volunteer from the bottom of my heart.”

This was one of many initiatives spearheaded by ATNJ during this 2018 congressional races. “Our goal was to flip all five GOP-incumbent districts and to defend Josh Gottheimer’s seat in CD5,” Khuong explained. “All in all, our volunteers sent out 294,245 vote-by-mail applications, 33,047 postcards, and made 30,417 phone calls reminding individual voters to return their unmailed ballots. Volunteers even knocked on doors on Election Day in the rain. It was truly a grassroots group effort.”

ATNJ’s vote-by-mail work was made possible by ATNJ’s Director of Electoral Intelligence, Dan Janowski, who was able to build an intuitive and highly functional voter database that allowed the group to target specific voters. ATNJ members then wrote notes and mailed election information to New Jersey residents who had sat out during previous elections. ATNJ was also joined by volunteers from CA, NY, CT, MA, MD, IL, OK, FL, GA, PA, DE, and Americans living abroad in Zurich and Paris as well as volunteers from other grassroots groups throughout New Jersey, including:

Bergen Invisible
Bernards Twp Democratic Committee BlueWave
Chatham Twp and Boro Democrats Denville Democrats
Down Jersey Coalition
Essex Rising
Florham Park Democrats
Glen Rock After The March
Indivisible
Indivisible Cape May County
Indivisible Cranbury
Indivisible Monroe Twp
Indivisible NJ5
Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs Kendall Woods Indivisible
Lawrence Citizen Activists
MACTA
Mahwah After the March
Mahwah Huddle
Millburn Short Hills Action Network Mini Sister Resisters
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense
Moms Demand Action, Leonia Action Alliance
Montgomery Democratic Organization Morris Twp. Dems
NJ 11th for Change
NJ7 Forward
Our Revolution
Ramsey Pins
Red Bank Rabble Rousers
Ridgewood JOLT
SJNOW Indivisible
Summit Area Indivisible
Summit Marches On
Swing Left (Tribeca Chapter)
Teaneck Women Together
Tinton Falls Democrats
Unite for Rights
Waldwick Progressives
We the People NJ07
Westfield 20/20
Women for Progress
Women Get Shit Done
Women of Action New Jersey
Women of Action New Jersey (Fair Lawn)

“It was incredible,” said Janowski. “I can’t think of any other Get Out The Vote effort that’s been done on this scale–and to see how it actually made the difference in electing Andy Kim is a testament to the power of the grassroots movement in New Jersey.”

About Action Together New Jersey

ATNJ, a non-profit progressive group, is the largest grassroots organization in New Jersey. ATNJ has chapters in every county, because change is local. Functioning as a central command for statewide initiatives and legislative actions, ATNJ’s teams work with coalitions of like-minded groups to serve the public by educating the electorate, providing a platform for progressive candidates, advancing legislative proposals with elected officials, and working in concert with advocacy groups for human rights. ATNJ seeks to promote equality and progressive ideals and to secure a more inclusive, fair and equitable future for New Jersey and the nation. For more information, visit www.ATNJ.org.
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Contact: Kim Baron
Director of Operations
Action Together New Jersey
Action Together New Jersey kimb@atnj.org | 201.591.5240