"A few months after becoming a naturalized US citizen, I stepped up as a candidate out of dissatisfaction with the local politicians and their daily backroom deals. Knowing about the strength and accomplishments of the Green Party worldwide, bringing its values into the fight for our democracy simply felt like the right thing to do."
Putting social, economic, and ecological justice at the center of a campaign as the Green Party's Town Council candidate for the 5th District of Brookhaven Town, Pauline spoke to many residents about their concerns and ideas to help shape her platform, which included the immediate need to solve Long Island's water pollution, preventing another fossil-fuel-based power plant from developing in our backyards, and how to transition to a sovereign and green local economy.
She believes the real win was not the 4.33% of the vote she garnered (more than the Independence and Working Families Party got in that race), but changing the course of discussion for the Democratic and Republican candidates, forcing elected officials to roll up their sleeves and address issues like water quality through sewage treatment.
After her campaign, she has become convinced of the need for ballot reform, process which also exposed the seemingly impotent efforts that are taken to initiate sustainable environmental legislation in the Duopoly we in this country live under, which only represents corporate greed. Pauline has been working to register voters in order to strengthen the Green Party for future elections, and so other parties don’t feel entitled to votes coming from our grassroots movements, not that any political party should feel entitled to the votes of its registered members without running candidates who seek to represent People, Planet and Peace over Profits!
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