UNION – The Union County Democratic Committee will convene on Thursday, Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. to select a nominee for Sheriff in the November general election.
The special meeting is necessary because the job became vacant upon the death of Sheriff Ralph Froehlich.
The candidate chosen during the meeting will appear on the ballot in the Nov. 4 general election and whoever wins that contest will serve a full three year term in the position as chief elected law enforcement officer for the county.
Assemblyman Jerry Green, the county Democratic Party chairman, called the meeting in response to a timetable established by County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi to comply with state law.
“While this will undoubtedly be for many of us a somber occasion given the circumstances of how the vacancy occurred, it is also our responsibility to select our party’s standard bearer,” said Green in a statement. “I have provided written notification to all members of the Union County Democratic Committee, and I trust they will make every effort to be at this important meeting.”
The session will be held at the Galloping Hill Caterers, 325 Chestnut Street, Union.
Registered Democrats who are interested in screening for the position must supply a written letter of intent and a resume via email to info@UnionCountyDems.com no later than 5:00 pm EST on August 29.
Republicans are expected to host a similar convention to choose a GOP candidate to vie in the November election while independent candidates may file nominating petitions with the County Clerk before 4 p.m. on September 10.
Detailed information is available at the Clerk’s website at www.ucnj.org or by calling 908-527-4996.
Republican Gov. Christopher Christie has thus far been derelict to act on his duty to appoint an interim replacement for Froehlich, who died in July.
The GOP has sometimes failed to recruit candidates to challenge Froelich in recent years but strong speculation that Assemblyman Joseph Cryan, a career politician, will be nominated by Democrats as given some conservatives hope for finding a viable alternative.
No Republican has won countywide office here since 1994.
Pundits say despite public aversion to mixing politics and police work, with popular US Sen. Cory Booker topping the ticket, hotly contested local races in key Democratic towns, and lackluster contests in GOP communities, winning the party’s nod on Sept. 4 would be tantamount to election.
Green said he hss received exptessions of interest from several qualified prospects but others say Cryan has a virtual lock on the nomination.
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