At the South Jersey Call to Service Summit on March 16th 2010 the NJ based Citizens' Campaign offered this Leadership Panel- Citizen Control of Political Parties. Citizens' Campaign Camden County Chair Joyce Walker taught the audience how to become a political party committee person. People were stunned to find that committee seats are sometimes unfilled and a simple write in during the primary can win you the position. Panelist Paul Josephson, former Chief Counsel to the Governor and Legal Counsel to the State Democratic Committee, revealed that he first became a committeeman as a write in. Senator Joseph Kyrillos, former State Republican Party Chair, encouraged people that its not a heavy lift to get involved, and the influence you will have as a committeeperson is great. Joan Wright, director of Women Advocating for Good Government explained how women have a great opportunity to participate, since every neighborhood committee district has one seat reserved for a man and one also reserved for a woman.
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