PERTH AMBOY — Leslie Dominguez-Rodriguez was re-elected as leader of the City Democratic Party by a 36 to 23 vote at the municipal committee’s reorganization meeting last night at the ZPA.
The stunning victory for Dominguez-Rodriguez is another defeat for Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz, who won a second term in November with one one-third of the vote, thanks to four insignificant candidates who divided the opposition vote.
Diaz personally campaigned to remove Dominguez-Rodriguez but Democratic primary voters showed no more support for the failed chief executive than the broader range of city residents who cast ballots last November.
That move was retaliation against Dominguez-Rodriguez, who last year worked to oppose Diaz’s re-election by supporting Billy Delgado, an unsuccessful challenger who previously ran against former Mayor Joe Vas.
It is not known if Dominguez-Rodriguez is likely to be re-elected as vice chair of the Middlesex County Democratic Committee, which is expected to replace incumbent Chairman Peter Barnes with Kevin McCabe, a political operative employed by the regional carpenter’s union.
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