HAMILTON, NJ --  For the first time both of Hamilton Township's major political party organizations will be led by women following Monday night's reorganization meetings of both the local Republicans and Democrats.  

At their reorganization meeting at the VFW 491 Post, the newly elected committee members of the Hamilton Township Republican Committee made history by unanimously electing their first woman as the Party's chair --  former Hamilton Township Councilwoman Ileana Schirmer.  She also is the first Hispanic to take the reins of the Committee. 

Following the meeting Schirmer said "The energy at tonight’s meeting was very exciting and inspiring. I am ready to work together with our great committee men and women to make it all happen.” 

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“The Hamilton Republican Committee will be a professional, inclusive organization with the focus on engaging, educating and developing future Republican leaders. This new chapter in the organization reflects a new beginning with Republicans who are excited and ready to engage all for the betterment of the township, county and state that we all love," said Schirmer. 

Hamilton Township Democrats re-elected Barbara Plumeri to serve a second term as chairwoman of the party. She presided as local chair during the election of Mayor Jeff Martin as well as the two election cycles of the Hamilton Township Council which is now unanimously held by Democrats.  

Via a virtual meeting with in-person voting available at the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the local Democrats also re-elected Councilman Rick Tighe to serve as vice-chairman, Keith Platt as treasurer, Sarah Kevett as secretary and John Kroschwitz as sergeant-at-arms.  

The Hamilton Republican Committee similarly chose members of the executive board which now include former Cranbury Mayor Win Cody as vice-chairman, treasurer Denise Peck and corresponding secretary Nicholas Macharski.

In November, Hamiltonians will go to the polls for a special election for one council seat. 

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