ROSELLE, NJ - In a virtual hearing held Friday, September 11, Superior Court Judge Karen M. Cassidy, invalidated the selection of the Democratic Committee's nominee for Mayor of Roselle and ordered a new meeting to be held to select the nominee for the November general election.
In the case brought by Council President Denise Wilkerson, Judge Cassidy found that there were multiple significant statutory violations in the original selection meeting including the provisions related to a vote by secret ballot. The Judge’s order requires the new selection meeting to take place on or before September 15, 2020, and specifically requires the use of a secret ballot.
Wilkerson said, "The law is clear! The many egregious violations of the state statute during the process Rev. Reginald Atkins ran could not be ignored by the Honorable Judge. Far too often, people in power feel as though the rules do not apply to them. Proverbs 11:1 says, 'Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord, But a just weight is His delight.' My advice to him is, follow the law!"
"Judge Cassidy's decision confirms that party officials do not have unfettered discretion to unilaterally ignore statutory requirements when selecting nominees to fill a vacancy. We look forward to a fair and democratic process being implemented with respect to the upcoming selection meeting, and in the future. We are happy to have secured this victory to ensure that the vote conducted will protect the anonymity of each member's vote, and keep it free from intimidation and undue influence," said Wilkerson's attorney, Brett M. Pugach, Esq.
Editor's Note: TAPinto Roselle/Roselle Park reached out for comment to Roselle Democratic Chairman and current Mayor Reginald Atkins on Friday at 5:36 p.m. He did not respond by press time. If and when Mayor Atkins responds, the article will be updated accordingly.