Mount Olive Chronicle- 9/19/19
Mt. Olive Online Publication September 18, 2019
Since Irene Sergonis of Budd Lake was the first to announce her run for council this past March, and she is the only female democrat running, Mt. Olive Online stuck with proper etiquette, “ladies first.”
Why did you decide to run for council?
“I became a Mt. Olive Democratic Committee Member in 2017 because I felt that apathy and the corrupting influence of big money threatened our democracy and the middle class,” says Sergonis. “I was involved in choosing Tom Malinowski as the Democratic candidate for House of Representatives and I worked hard in the 2018 election to send him to Washington. When I wore my “Vote- Your Voice Matters” t-shirt while reaching out to voters, many of the people I met would smile sadly and say, “I don’t think that’s true anymore.” I spoke with people from every district in Mt. Olive and learned that many people felt that their voices were not being heard or respected at both the local and national level. My children were visiting for my birthday in February 2019 and convinced me that I should be the one to run for local office this year to address the environmental and tax issues that threatened the future of my grandchildren.”