Ashley Bennett: New Jersey Election

I’m a firm believer that everything has an effect on something; one way or another. As people in society, we are inspired by some many things around us daily. Many women have recently had the chance to inspire one another since the recent election of President Trump. We’ve felt the need to ban together; regardless of race or religion in order to fight against any legislation passed against us. We as women have been tired of white males in government making decisions like abortion and birth control for us.

Ashley Bennett is one of those people who have recently been inspired by events happening around her. Ms. Bennett is a Democratic candidate, who recently decided to run for Atlantic County Freeholder, following the Women’s March. She wasn’t too pleased with the comments made by the then New Jersey politician, John Carmen. He had posted a meme of him mocking the Women’s March that took place January 21, 2017. The meme had read, “Will the women’s protest end in time for them to cook dinner?”

After seeing this sexist meme posted by a politician that was serving for Bennett’s state. She said that ,”I was so mad. I was like: ‘Really? It’s 2017. Why are we doing this?””She wanted reassurance by local officials that everything would be okay regardless of what way the administration may act. When he was confronted, Carmen’s response was that the meme was “a bad choice and in bad taste,” but he didn’t apologize. So Bennett decided to make matters into her own hands. If you can’t get no one to change things, you have to do it yourself. And that she did.

So on Tuesday, Bennett, new coming politician, had replaced John Carmen, an experienced official who ‘thought’ he would keep his position running against Bennett. Oh, but he was wrong. She had taken the position of the same person who made he want to make a change in the first place. Please remember to exercise your right to vote; that’s the way to make your voice heard. Just like our former President Barack Obama said, “Don’t boo. Vote.”
Bennett said, “It has to start at the local level,”  after being questioned once she was declared victorious. We all know that our local politicians are the ones that deal with us on a closer level. Like Gandhi said,” You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” That is still true to this day, we need to start walking the walk and not just talking the talk.