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Summit, NJ — Members of the Summit Municipal Democratic Committee traveled to Westfield on Wednesday evening, January 18th and 25th to join a candle-light rally at the office of Republican U.S. Congressman Leonard Lance.

“These weekly rallies are a great opportunity to let your voice be heard in District 7,” said Committee Chairwoman Susan Hairston. “It’s a positive, affirming experience and you really will make a difference.”

The two-hour rally, which drew a crowd of more than 100, was the second in the “Moral Wednesday” series organized by the group New Jersey Citizen Action, in support of the Affordable Care Act.

“We’re here to tell Leonard Lance that he can’t vote to take away health care for one million New Jerseyans,” said Ann Vardeman of New Jersey Citizen Action. “We had 100 people here last week, we have 100 this week, and we’ll have more next week. We have got to keep this up.”

The large crowd attracted a steady stream of positive feedback from passing motorists on the busy street, who gave the thumbs-up, waved their hands, honked and cheered. 

Vardeman noted that Lance met with attendees at last week’s rally, and several people who depend on the Affordable Care Act had the opportunity to tell him about its impact on their lives.

The Republican majority is firmly committed to repealing the Affordable Care Act, but that could change if enough people speak out.

According to Vardeman, one Republican member of the New Jersey Congressional delegation is on record against repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement.

“Let’s make Lance the second New Jersey Republican to vote against repeal,” she said in a brief speech concluding the rally, “Or we will vote him out.” 

New Jersey Citizen Action has scheduled weekly rallies every Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Congressman Lance’s office, at 425 North Avenue East in Westfield. 

Rallies are also being held at the offices of the other Republican members of the New Jersey Congressional delegation. For more information on other locations visit

To contact Congressman Lance at his Westfield office, call (908) 518-7733 or use the online email form at

In another upcoming action, the Summit Municipal Democratic Committee is hosting “Stand Up/Speak Out,” a free public discussion on how citizens can influence policy. The event is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday February 9, at the Summit High School Library, 125 Kent Place Boulevard.

“If you have some ideas about engaging, or if you want your voice to be heard and don’t know how to begin, come to Stand Up/Speak Out” and learn how to communicate with your representatives in government,” said Hairston.

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