MANVILLE, NJ - At the Somerset County Democratic Committee (SCDC) Reorganization meeting Tuesday night, several hundred members of the SCDC County Committee unanimously voted for Chairwoman Peg Schaffer to continue as party chair.

During her remarks, the Chairwoman reviewed her goals from 4 years ago, which included building the party to include participation from all 21 Somerset municipalities, branding, taking advantage of technology, expanding the party’s caucuses, and winning. Schaffer credited the hundreds of volunteers and committeemen and women with meeting these goals. 4 years ago, there were only 20 Democrats in office in the County. Now, there are 58, including the first Democratic County Clerk in Somerset County history, Steve Peter. 

The Chairwoman also thanked an unlikely source for the party’s success in turning the county from red to purple. “We would like to thank Trump for the Democratic energy that is going to help us completely flip this county from red to blue this year,” Schaffer said. She continued, “In the past, we’ve had many great candidates, but we’ve never had so manygreat candidates as we have this year.”

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In her closing statements, Schaffer highlighted more goals for the SCDC for the next 4 years. “We want more Democrats to get involved. Democrats that will work with us and not just vote for us.”

The ultimate goal, Schaffer declared, starts with 2018. At the county level, Shanel Robinson and Sara Sooy, both in attendance last night, are two of the strongest and most qualified candidates for Somerset County Freeholder. Additionally, Schaffer highlighted another crucial goal of flipping New Jersey’s 7thCongressional District by electing Tom Malinowski.