ROSELLE, NJ - Roselle Democratic Chairman and Councilman Rev. Reginald Atkins released a statement this week calling on Mayor Christine Dansereau to submit a letter of resignation officially vacating her seat on the local Democratic Committee.

According to Chairman Atkins, the Mayor moved out of the district she was elected to represent on the committee in the June 2017 Democratic Primary, and by continuing to hold the seat would violate the local committee's bylaws, as well as those of the Union County Democratic Committee. Chairman Atkins said that he has previously privately asked Mayor Dansereau to voluntarily give up the position, but she has so far refused after moving out of the district in July of 2018. 

"No one is above the law and we all need to abide by the rules and statutes that govern our Democratic Party and our society, and Mayor Dansereau is no exception," said Chairman Atkins. "As Chairman of the Roselle Democratic Committee, I'm calling on her to vacate this seat immediately so that a new member can be appointed to represent the district and ensure we continue to have a full complement of committee members.”

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Mayor Dansereau responded to the accusations calling them unfounded stating, “It is highly unfortunate that Chairman Atkins has once again decided to launch a political attacked based on blatant misinformation,” said Mayor Dansereau. “The State Statute (NJSA 19:5-2) and the Roselle Democratic Committee Bylaws clearly state that my committee seat became vacant as soon as I moved from the district, which I have been extremely transparent about. No one is above the law and the law is clear that no resignation letter is required. His failure to fill the vacancy is his own, and this is just the latest example of his inability to effectively lead the committee.”

Mayor Dansereau added, “Meetings are few and far between, financial reports are never filed to NJ ELEC on time and are often incomplete, and the committee has never approved an operational budget, as is required by the committee’s bylaws. Hopefully, the Chairman will focus more on building the local Democratic Party and complying with the bylaws himself rather than spreading made up controversies for political reasons. Residents are tired of these political attacks, and I refuse to waste any more time responding when there is still so much work to be done for our Borough.”

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