EDISON, NJ – The Edison Democratic Party re-elected Dr. Thomas H. Paterniti as its chairman last night for an unprecedented 22nd consecutive year, making him Middlesex County’s longest serving municipal party leader.
Members of the 156-person Edison Democratic Committee, who attended the annual reorganization meeting at The Pines Manor, voted 75-55 to return the chairman’s post to Paterniti over his challenger, Edison Patrolman Keith Hahn.
Paterniti, 85, and a Metuchen dentist, twice served as Mayor of Edison and as state Assemblyman and state Senator from the 18th Legislative District. He was first chosen as municipal Democratic chairman in 1992.
Paterniti is regarded as Middlesex County’s unofficial “Dean of Democrats” due to his record of legislative accomplishments, his political campaign experience and fundraising ability for local, county and statewide candidates.
Hahn, a 20-year Edison police veteran, is former President of Edison PBA Local 75 and former state delegate for that union. Hahn lost in 2013 when he made his first bid to unseat Paterniti as Democratic chairman.