Somerset County Democrats Suspend Campaign Fundraising to Raise Money for Harvey Relief
For Immediate Release, August 30 2017
[Somerville, NJ] The Somerset County Democratic Committee (SCDC) has committed to suspending its county campaign fundraising efforts through the Labor Day weekend and dedicate all its development efforts to raising money for the people affected the devastating floods in Texas and Louisiana due to Hurricane Harvey.
“Our hearts go out to all the people affected by this terrible storm,” said Shanel Robinson, Councilwoman in Franklin Township and candidate for Somerset County Freeholder. “After Sandy, we in New Jersey know how hard and long the recovery for the victims of Hurricane Harvey will be, and we are dedicated to helping the people of Texas and Louisiana.”
The SCDC is launching a micro-site with the American Red Cross and will ask all its members and supporters to make a contribution.
“I will be making a donation myself to help those affected by these terrible floods,” said Alex Avellan, attorney and candidate for Somerset County Freeholder. “The trials these people are enduring are so much more important than raising a few dollars for my campaign, and I’m glad we’re making this shift.”
A $10 gift can also be made by texting HARVEY to 90999 without going through the SCDC.
“I ask everyone to join us in supporting the victims of this superstorm,” said Somerville Council President Steve Peter, candidate for Somerset County Clerk. “This is a time for all of us to come together and help our fellow Americans in need, not a time to be worrying about funding a political campaign.”
The SCDC will resume its fundraising program after Labor Day week, but will continue to solicit funds for Red Cross Harvey relief and plans to hold blood drives in the coming weeks and months to address that pressing need.