Power to the People

Out In Jersey magazine Editor-In-Chief Sam Martino
Out In Jersey magazine Editor-In-Chief Sam Martino


It’s been a long and tedious eight years, and on November 7, 2017, we will finally have a reprieve from the antics that are Chris Christie. Instead of talking about the garden states largest problem, today I will talk about the primary election that is on Tuesday, June 6. This is the time to have your voice heard. There is no better way to be heard then by voting. When you are alone in that booth, and when you press that button, you have the power.

I have done my research, and I have talked to friends gay, straight, Republican, and Democrat, and I have can only come to one conclusion for my Democratic Party, and the answer for me personally is Jim Johnson.

Though Ray Lesniak has been a strong proponent of LGBT rights, for me, this year, I want something new and different. I feel it’s time to change the scope of the Democratic Party, and reach out to people who have new ideas, and are ready to go to bat for the LGBT community.

Jim Johnson has promised to ensure our schools are safe for all students, not just “some,” and to finally tackle the transgender discrimination that transgender children are forced to face everyday. Jim Johnson has also promised to ensure that LGBT seniors have access to health services that they require. These are just a few of the reasons I support Mr. Johnson, the other main reason for me, he supports legalization of marijuana “in a safe and regulated manner.” That sums it up for me.

On the republican side of the street, though Kim Guadagno, has been a worker bee under Christie, I feel that she would be the least of all evils if you are a LGBT Republican. Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, compare your candidates, and decide who works for you.

Every election is major, and the only thing we can do right now is to do our research and vote for the candidate who will be good for our community. So whatever you do on June 6, remember to have your voice heard, and take back your power.

Sam Martino
Maria Sammartino (aka Sam Martino), is a writer and artist for over 15 years. Maria started at Out In Jersey as the news editor in 2009, and shortly thereafter became the Editor-In-Chief. She has been published in the Philadelphia Gay News, The International Journal of MS Care, and others. Maria goes by Sam Martino because she believes that women are never given a fair shot - and doesn’t want her art or her writing to be judged based on her sex, but on the merit of the work.