NORTH PLAINFIELD NJ - On Saturday March 15, the Somerset County Federation of Democratic Women held its semi-annual reorganization meeting in North Plainfield at the Vermuele Mansion. 

The Federation members voted in a new slate of leaders who will serve for the next two years:  Margaret Weinberger of Somerville will serve as president; Bonnie Diehl of Bernards will serve as vice-president; Mary Forbes of North Plainfield will serve as secretary; and Melonie Marano of Green Brook ended her term as president and will take up the office of treasurer. 

Forbes is currently a councilwoman in North Plainfield, Marano is a former township committeewoman in Green Brook, and Weinberger was a councilwoman in Somerville.

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“The Federation is off to a great start with this new leadership,” said Vice-President Bonnie Diehl, “We’re looking forward to getting more Democratic women elected to office in all levels of government in Somerset County.”

The Federation raises funds to support Democratic women running for office in Somerset County, from Congress down to local Council races.  They also have a mentoring program that matches newly elected women with more seasoned women elected officials who provide advice and support. 

Before electing the new leadership slate, outgoing President Melonie Marano listed some of the highlights of the previous year, which included the Eleanor Roosevelt Distinguished Service Awards, where Democratic women are honored for party and community service, and the “Tea With…” Series, where an actress portrays an historical female figure.  In 2013, the Tea With Dolly Madison was a great success, where the audience was riveted by a first-person account of the invasion of the White House by the British during the War of 1812.  This year, the Federation members are looking forward to a presentation by Mary Todd Lincoln in honor of the 250th  anniversary of the Civil War.