Robert B. Bernstein, Esq.
I just recently met Derickson K. Lawrence, a Democratic district leader from Mt. Vernon at the regular monthly meeting of the Greenburgh Democratic Committee, and I was blown away.
Derickson is seeking the Democratic nomination to represent
us in the 16th Congressional District. He is truly the “community organizer” that Barack Obama says we need right now in every neighborhood in this country.
Today, I donated to Derickson K’s campaign and I’m asking you to do the same with a contribution of $20, $30, $50, $200 or any amount that you can.
I am a lawyer, chair of the Edgemont Democrats, a Democratic district leader and president of the Edgemont Community Council, and the father of two sons, ages 25 and 19. I’m fed up with the status quo in Congress, where, as far as I’m concerned, both sides have failed us.
I know I’m not alone in saying it’s time we called on a new generation of progressive Democrats to lead us. Westchester’s 16th Congressional District is a diverse Democratic stronghold, from the northern Bronx, to the cities of Yonkers, Mt. Vernon and New Rochelle, to the more suburban enclaves like Hastings, Scarsdale and Edgemont, where I live. But today’s challenging times require us to do more than just re-elect a 30-year incumbent who can be counted on for his party-line votes. We need a congressman who has the potential to lead our nation, this district, and our kids in addressing the real problems of our time: the horror of mass shootings; the enactment of federal tax measures that reward the wealthiest among us, while ripping apart the social safety net that for decades has given opportunity to so many of us.
Watching Derickson K go head-to-head with our 30-year incumbent, I was filled with pride that there, right before my eyes, was a battle-tested David prepared to go to battle for us on the front lines, instead of sitting smugly on the sidelines with other long-time Democratic incumbents who think they can comfortably ride to reelection every two years because they’ve been gerrymandered into a “safe” Democratic district.
These are the reasons why I support Derickson K and I hope you will follow my lead and contribute as much as you can to his campaign today.
I know the professional political class won’t be there in his corner, but I’m hoping that as more and more of us get to know Derickson K, he can not only pull off the upset, he’ll make us proud as we progressive Democrats take back the House. We need a new set of leaders who will inspire not just us, but our children and their children. The time is now. We need an authentic voice, not an echo.
Your contributions will make the difference. Help us reach our goal of $75,000 by April 30, 2018.
I’m proud to support Derickson K. Lawrence as the next Congressman from the 16th District here in Westchester and the Bronx, and I invite you to join me today.