Over 75 members of Carbon County Democrats for Change gathered for their Annual CCDC Picnic at Roy and Linda Christman's farm near Beltzville State Park on Saturday, June 26 to hear from their Democratic candidates and have fun. Featured speakers included Nancy Kanjorski, Justin Yaich and representatives of senatorial candidate, Congressman Joe Sestak, and gubernatorial candidate, Dan Onorato.

"Paul sent me today to thank you personally for the support the Carbon County voters gave him in the Spring Primary Election. I'm asking for your support again for my husband," said Mrs. Kanjorski on behalf of her husband, Congressman Paul Kanjorski, who is running to retain his seat representing the 11th Congressional District in the November 2nd General Election.

"As you know, in today's volatile political climate, it's more important than ever for us to be represented by someone who brings a depth of experience and understanding of the issues, and is able to maintain a sense of continuity in the Congress to tackle the major issues confronting our nation and our region." She went on to say, "Paul's reputation, seniority, and influence in the Congress make him the best candidate to represent us in the Congress. We look forward to working with volunteers like you and your new Carbon County Democratic Election Center to achieve victory in the fall."

Justin Yaich, who is seeking to keep Rep. Keith McCall's seat representing the 122nd District in the Pennsylvania Legislature in Democratic hands, thanked the Christmans for hosting the event and the entire CCDC group for all their hard work. He also touched on a number of key issues including the Marcellus Shale drilling, the Public Schools Employees Retirement System crisis, property tax reform and jobs. He added, "These monumental issues facing residents in Carbon County and the entire state can only be solved by working together and striking a new tone in politics which I am striving to do."

Bar Johnston, Lehigh Valley Coordinator for U.S. Senate candidate Congressman Joe Sestak said, "The reason Carbon County is so important to Joe in this upcoming election is because a lot of the issues he is addressinglike jobs, education, and the environmental and economic impact of drilling for natural gas in the nearby Marcellus Shale fieldsdirectly affect residents of Carbon County."

Michael Dineen, Dan Onorato's Northeast Political and Field Director, noted, "We're glad more and more people in Carbon County are coming out to learn about the candidates, because the more engaged people become in this election, the more support we build and the more energized we all become."

CCDC Chair, Linda Christman, reminded everyone of the need for volunteers at the Carbon County Democratic Election Center located at 101 N. First St., Lehighton, Monday through Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Fridays, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information on CCDC or the Carbon County Democratic Election Center, contact Linda Christman at 610-377-0235 or lachris@ptd.net.