UNION COUNTY– Veteran Assemblyman Jerry Green was elected last night as the new Union County Democratic Committee Chairman during the committee’s reorganization meeting at L’Affaire in Mountainside. Longtime Democratic Mayor of Fanwood, Colleen Mahr, was elected to serve as his Vice-Chairman.
Green, a resident of Plainfield, succeeds 18-year incumbent Charlotte DeFilippo to lead the Union Democratic Committee.
“I am truly honored to have the confidence of our committee as I take over as Chairman…today, we are handed a political party very much on the rise,” Green said.
Green thanked and acknowledged his predecessor for her outstanding service as Chairman of the party.
“Make no mistake – it is because of the tireless efforts of all of you combined with eighteen years of strong and steady leadership by our former county chairman Charlotte DeFilippo,” Green said. “There is no Democratic county chairman in this State with the record she has achieved for us in Union County: undefeated.”
“Chairman Green and I are energized and ready to lead this organization to victory,” exclaimed Mahr. “No amount of Republican rhetoric out of Trenton can mask the fact that their policies hurt women, families, and the middle class. It is our responsibility as a party to fight for those currently under assault, and while doing so bring forth a new generation of Democratic leadership.”
Green noted the Union County Democratic Committee has once again been re-energized by an overwhelming series of primary victories—by huge pluralities– in contested races throughout the County.
Green pointed to huge victories by Senators Raymond Lesniak (D-21) and Nick Scutari (D-22), Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich, Freeholders Linda Carter, Bette Jane Kowalski, Freeholder candidate Sergio Granados, and the Mayoral candidate in Plainfield, Adrian Mapp.
“Last Tuesday, we all scored a victory so profound the extent of which perhaps only a few of us here in this room realized,” Green stated, adding the committee is now marshaling its forces for the U.S. Senate and gubernatorial elections coming up.
“From a Democratic Primary for US Senate in August through the General Election in November, we will be ready to help Democrats win in Union County,” Green said. “We have a Governor who fills our ears with catchy rhetoric, but fails in providing the basic care so many people need. I look forward to working hard for Barbara Buono here in Union County.”
Green went on to outline his plans as Democratic Chairman, noting he would seek for greater involvement with towns struggling to make Democratic inroads, while bolstering party strongholds.
“I ask you to work with me. Meet with me if you have an idea or a suggestion, Green stated. “Let’s carry on the mission we’ve started together, and bring winning elections home for Barbara Buono and our entire Democratic Team this fall. It’s time to get to work.”
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