Government

Plainfield In The Mix As Dems Mull Leadership

6da96dd095e5d8794e2b_DSC_1627.JPG
Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, center, at the 2018 Women's March in Westfield.
6da96dd095e5d8794e2b_DSC_1627.JPG

PLAINFIELD, NJ - No sooner did Assemblyman Jerry Green of Plainfield announce his resignation as Union County’s Democratic Party chairman than political pundits went into high gear with possible scenarios. But as speculation rages over what might happen next with Union County’s Democratic leadership, county vice-chair Colleen Mahr tells what must happen next.

As acting county chairperson due to the resignation of Chairman Jerry Green, Mahr advised 21 municipal Democratic Committee leaders:

“I write now to let you know that pursuant to the Union County Bylaws, Article V, Section 2, I am now charged with the responsibility of the office of Chairperson and must perform such duties until an election of a new Chair is held.  These bylaws can be accessed at www.unioncountydems.com. In furtherance of these bylaws, I am required to convene a meeting of the twenty one municipal chairs, within 7 days on or before Wednesday January 31, 2018, for the purpose of discussing the date, time and location for the election of the County Chair. “

Sign Up for E-News

With midterm elections for U.S. Senate and House of Representative seats looming, strong Democratic  leadership  is a big issue in Union County, where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 3 to 1 (151,347 to 49,211). In Elizabeth, the difference is 32,108 registered Democrats to 3.500 Republicans; in Union, 16,969 to 4,183; in Plainfield, 14,994 to 974; and in Linden, 14,240 to 1,951, according to current affiliation statistics posted online by the Union County Board of Elections.

Political writers have named Fanwood Mayor Mahr and New Jersey Senator Nicholas P. Scutari as contenders for the chairmanship and alliances are forming for each. Green, who stated illness as his reason to relinquish the Union County Democratic Party chairmanship, won re-election to his Assembly seat on Nov. 7 for a two-year term. He has held the seat since 1992 and is the longest-serving member of the Assembly. If he also needs to resign from his Assembly seat, the Democratic Party can name an appointee who would then have to run in the next general election.

 

TAPintoPlainfield.net is Plainfield's free online daily newspaper for Plainfield, NJ news. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook, Twitter @PlainfieldTAP, and on Instagram @tapintoplainfield for all of your Plainfield local news.

Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Cranford

Boxwood Coffee in Downtown Westfield Holds Soft Opening

July 20, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Boxwood Coffee is officially open in Downtown Westfield.

The coffee shop and café, at 143 East Broad St. where Panera was, hosted a friends and family event on Wednesday evening to celebrate what owner Stephen Bellamy is calling a “slow open.”

“We are planning to phase in items like our made-to-order menu and we are looking forward to our ...

Rutgers Hikes Tuition, Student Fees for 2018-2019 Academic Year

July 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University Board of Governors today approved a 2.3 percent hike in tuition and fees, as well as increases for dorm rooms and meals, for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The increase now brings the annual cost for undergraduate students to $14,975, which is $337 more than this past school year.

Student housing will increase 1.9 percent, and ...

Kid Make Their Own Pizza

July 20, 2018

Parents, looking for something special and fun for your kids on the weekend?

Emma's is now hosting "Kids Make Their Own Pizza" on the weekends. Also, we are now booking kid parties!

Westfield Area YMCA: Take Swim Lessions This Summer

The Westfield Area YMCA is providing a free one-week guest pass to non-members which will also enable access to purchase a week of swim lessons at full member rates during the summer.  The one-week guest pass includes use of the Y’s fitness facilities, land and water group exercise classes and open gym/swim.

“Our goal is to have people of all ages and skill levels grow to ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_55b9e457615c2b750c08_pj_

Tue, July 24, 5:30 PM

Emma's Brick Oven, Cranford

Emma's Kids Night Out!

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Carousel_image_1846639792ec11d13114_cranford_july_25_mets_flyer_2018-page-001

Wed, July 25, 2:00 PM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

Cranford Emergency Blood Drive - Pair of NY Mets ...

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_574768912fb23a4cacc7_bfeb2b8d2a5b0913fb60_2f2194e6f686708fbbc3_pd_fd_bbq

Sat, July 28, 12:00 PM

Clark Recreation Center, Clark

Clark PD vs Clark FD BBQ Cook-Off

Food & Drink Police & Fire

Tired of Cronyism? Yeah, Us Too!

July 20, 2018

The Union County Freeholders’ decision to appoint State Senator and newly-elected Union County Democratic Chairman, Nick Scutari’s chief of staff, Ed Oatman as County Manager smelled of corruption from the start. To place a political consultant like Oatman in the role of overseeing 2,800 employees and running the day-to-day operations of the $500 million county budget suggests ...