Government

Fanwood Mayor Mahr, State Senator Scutari Rally Supporters for County Democratic Chairmanship

abe944b74554a58d23fd_Colleen_Mahr_head_shot_2018.jpg
Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr
01ed5fcfa960271856ac_Nick_Scutari.jpg
State Senator Nick Scutari
40b8dc027d2e0f386cd1_Luisa_Bianco_head_shot.jpg
Scotch Plains Democrat Luisa Bianco endorses Nick Scutari. Credits: Ed Oatman
bff168e2335e7ad4cf44_151213fw_sandy_hook03_-_Fanwood_Mayor_Colleen_Mahr__Congresswoman_Bonnie_Watson-Coleman___state_Senator_Nick.jpg
Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr (center) and State Sen. Nick Scutari (right) appeared together at a Moms Demand Action event in Fanwood in 2016. Credits: Brian Horton
abe944b74554a58d23fd_Colleen_Mahr_head_shot_2018.jpg

UNION COUNTY, NJ -- Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr and State Senator Nick Scutari continue their outreach to Democrats to support their candidacies for Union County Democratic Committee chairman.

Mayor Mahr, the acting chair following Jerry Green's resignation last week, sent a letter to committee members this week that also has been posted on a Mayor Colleen Mahr for County Chair Facebook page.

I have been very proud to partner with the Assemblyman (Jerry Green) for the last five years as Vice Chair, fighting against the Christie policies and working on the front lines to ensure that Phil Murphy became the next governor of the state of NJ. We not only maintained, but gained seats in local elections and we did it with terrific men and women candidates which reflected the blue wave that is coming.

Sign Up for E-News

I’m asking for your support in my candidacy to become our County Committee's next Chair. I look forward to starting a new chapter for our organization that will embrace the progressive values we all hold dear and build upon our shared past successes. To that end, I will work for you and with you to expand, improve and grow our County party...

We are driven by the guiding principles of inclusion, transparency, greater party participation and the promotion of strong, healthy, democratic institutions. Together, we share a deep understanding of the challenges faced by Union County residents in our urban and suburban communities. Derek and I will recruit diverse candidates from all over the County, from East to West and up to the Ridge! Most importantly, we will make decisions with the input and advice of the entire Democratic Committee.

According to party bylaws, Mahr has assumed the responsibilities of acting Chair, and will meet with the Chairs and Officers of the UCDC on Wednesday, Jan. 31, to establish the date, time and place of the upcoming Convention. She has tabbed Linden Mayor Derek Armstead to partner with her as 1st Vice Chairman to build a "powerhouse" organization.

Meanwhile, Senator Scutari issued a press release targeting Mahr's core base of support with the headline Women Representing Every Corners of Union County Back Nick Scutari for Democratic Chairman. The announcemnt lists recent endorsers, including Freeholders Linda Carter (Plainfield) and Bette Jane Kowalski (Cranford), recently retired Vernell Wright (Union Twp.), and members of the Union County Democratic Women's Club, among others.

“As a woman who ran twice for public office, I know how important it is to have support from the leadership around me. Nick didn’t just support my campaign financially, he invested his own personal time in my campaign and my team," writes Luisa Bianco, a 2014 and 2016 candidate for Scotch Plains Council. "There are so many reasons I believe he’s the most qualified candidate for county chair, but what stands out for me the most is that he was there to support me.”

Nick Scutari has served in the New Jersey State Senate since 2004, where he represents the 22nd Legislative District. Before his election the Senate, he was a member of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, where he was the youngest Freeholder Chairman in county history. Prior to that, he served as a member of the Board of Education in Linden.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Cranford

County of Union to Fly Rainbow Flag for the First Time on June 4

May 24, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - A rainbow flag will fly for the first time at the Union County Courthouse in recognition of June as LGBTQ Pride Month.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced they are holding a public Pride Flag Raising Ceremony for Monday, June 4 at 1 p.m. on the steps of the historic Union County Courthouse on Broad Street in Elizabeth.

“Raising the rainbow flag ...

Vehicular Homicide Charges for Driver of Paramus School Bus

May 24, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The driver of a school bus involved in a crash on Route 80 last week that killed two people faces two counts of second-degree vehicular homicide/death by auto, it was announced today.

The driver, Hudy Muldrow, 77, of Woodland Park, attempted to make an illegal U-Turn on the highway in an attempt to find his way to Waterloo Village, the planned destination of the bus that was ...

Free Family Movie Night at Hanson Park featuring the Movie Coco

May 26, 2018

Bring your blankets and chairs and join us for a Movie in the Park on Saturday, July 14th at Hanson Park, 38 Springfield Ave. in Cranford.  The feature presentation will be Coco, a 2017 animated fantasy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The story follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel Rivera who is accidentally transported ...

Cranford Police Blotter: DWI Arrest & More

May 22, 2018

The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation. All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

1. 05/17/2018 @ 2012 hrs.

North Avenue East and the Garden State Parkway 137 Exchange

Arrested: Charles McKoy, 19, North Plainfield

Arrested by: Ptl. James ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, June 1, 8:00 AM

Royce Brook Golf Club, Hillsborough Township

Liam's Room 5th Annual Charity Golf Outing

Giving Back Sports

Carousel_image_1da61d9690df0a4b2374_264c0972082c640e3c33_20180411_093814

Fri, June 1, 5:00 PM

Cranford Elks, Cranford

Spaghetti Dinner and Tricky Tray to Benefit Relay ...

Food & Drink

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...

I'm Excited To See What Sara Todisco Will Do As Mayor.

May 25, 2018

My first time hearing the name Sara Todisco was when reading about her in a newspaper article during her first year on Council. A couple citizens made comments about her age and how they thought she was too young on an anonymous online forum. I responded that here was a young person eager to get involved in our town. We should give her a chance and if we weren't satisfied, we could ...