Democrats Defeat Diaz

PERTH AMBOY — The Mayor’s attempt to unseat the city Democratic Party leader has failed, with the regular political organization winning a majority of contests in the primary election.

Leslie Dominguez Rodriguez is expected to be re-elected Monday, when members of the Middlesex County Democratic Committee from the city meet to elect a chairperson and other officers.

Mayor Wilda Diaz assembled a freeholder ticket comprised of the three spoilers who allowed her to win a second term with just one-third of the votes cast by voters in the 2012 general election. In last year’s contest, Robert J. McCoy, Miguel A. Morales and Frank Salado combined to draw 3,675 votes, allowing Diaz to win the mayor’s office with 4,862 votes to top challenger Billy Delgado’s 3,632.

At least 46 out of 64 committee members elected by Democratic voters ran on the organization line with the blessing of Dominguez Rodriguez.

Former Perth Amboy councilman Fernando Gonzalez wondered how much money was wasted on Diaz’s effort to win control of the city’s Democratic Party.


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