SCDC Statement on Jack Ciattarelli’s LGBTQ+ Remarks

“The difference between Democrats and Republicans in Somerset County couldn’t be clearer when it comes to representing everyone as opposed to picking sides. The report today that Jack Ciattarelli, the top of the GOP ticket and Somerset County resident, says that teaching LGBTQ+ history in schools is the same as ‘teaching sodomy to sixth graders’ once again points out the difference,” stated County Chairwoman Peg Schaffer. Somerset County Democrats know that their job is to serve every Somerset County resident and every Somerset County student. We are lucky to have elected officials, such as Commissioner Melonie Marano, a champion for the LGBTQ+ Advisory Board, who understand that mission. Continue reading

Somerset County Democratic Committee Hires New Executive Director

Somerville, NJ – Following resounding Democratic victories up and down the ballot in the 2020 election, the Somerset County Democratic Committee is pleased to announce that it has hired a new Executive Director, Louis Danowsky, to continue growing the organization in the increasingly Democratic county now entirely represented by Democrats on its Board of County Commissioners. Danowsky’s predecessor, James Garrity, is leaving to complete his undergraduate degree and take Assessment Administration courses at Rutgers University. Continue reading

Peg Schaffer’s Statement on the passing of Commissioner Kenneth Armwood

"Until today, I thought the world had taken enough from us this past year, but then I learned of the sudden passing of my dear friend, Commissioner Ken Armwood.  Ken, a prince of a man, was one of the first elected officials to step forward and offer his support, wisdom and powerful oratory to the very red county I was elected to lead.  For a while, he became our go-to key note elected at every Somerset event because we had so few of our own.  But he did so graciously and with his ever-present smile and infectious laugh.  He lit up every room into which he entered.  As recently as last year, he subbed in for a Black Caucus event on an hour’s notice when the Lt. Governor was unavailable.  He may have been Piscataway’s favorite son, but he was Somerset’s adopted son.  When Somerset started turning blue, Ken joked that he had become the forgotten man and wondered if we had revoked his honorary citizenship.  No, Ken.  You will forever be one of us, having earned your share in the successes you helped us achieve.  Although experience shows that none of us is irreplaceable, you have left a space in our hearts which will be hard to fill.  I guess that post-COVID bear hug you promised to share now belongs to the angels.  Godspeed."

Somerset County Democratic Convention Lines Up Another Winning Team for the 2021 Elections

Somerset County Democratic Convention Lines Up Another Winning Team for the 2021 Elections The OrganizationThrows Its Support to Proven Incumbents and Qualified Challengers Led by Governor Murphy and Commissioners Robinson and Sooy following all recommendations of the Screening Committee. Somerville - Somerset County Democrats looks to extend and expand five years of wins with another strong team geared towards electoral success in 2021. The Somerset County Democratic ticket will be led county-wide by Governor Phil Murphy, Commissioner Director Shanel Robinson, and Commissioner Deputy Director Sara Sooy.  “Democrats have proven for years that they are committed to the people of Somerset County, and during the past year of the pandemic crisis, they proved they are up to the task no matter how big the challenge,” said Somerset County Democratic Chair Peg Schaffer. “I’m honored to support and dedicated to fighting to ensure that next January we can continue to rely on Governor Murphy and Commissioners Robinson and Sooy to lead us out of the pandemic like they’ve led us during it. Together they will move us forward advancing the interests of all Somerset County residents.” Continue reading

Somerset County Democrats Donate Groceries on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Somerville, NJ – Somerset County embraced Martin Luther King, Jr’s message of service to others to fill more than three rooms of their Somerville offices with food donations over just two days. The effort was in conjunction with President Biden’s National Day of Service and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  “So many of our friends and neighbors in Somerset County are hurting due to the COVID-19 economic downturn,” said Somerset County Commission Director Shanel y. Robinson. “I’m so happy that the Somerset County Democrats were moved by King’s message to lift up their neighbors in these difficult times.” The donations were loaded into a van from the Foodbank Network of Somerset County and brought to their warehouse in Bridgewater. The donations will then be distributed by the Foodbank Network to families in need to the food pantries located in Somerville, Bound Brook, and North Plainfield. “Democrats have made great strides as they lead and improve county government in these trying times,” said Somerset County Democratic Chair Peg Schaffer. “But Somerset County Democrats also lead as community volunteers, and this Day of Service food collection is one of dozens of projects led and supported by our members throughout the year. The mission of The Food Bank Network is to distribute food and to provide other basic human needs to those less fortunate in our community in a manner which recognizes and advances self-worth and human dignity.  “When I walked into the Somerset County Democratic offices this afternoon I was amazed at the quantity of food our volunteers collected in just two days,” said Somerset County Surrogate Tina Jalloh. “Many families in our communities will be able to make it through the pandemic because of the work of the great Food Bank Network of Somerset County volunteers, and I’m glad to do my small part as one of them.” “Martin Luther King’s message of community and mutual respect is just as important today as it was when he delivered it more than 50 years ago,” said Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter. “This effort for the Day of Service is a tribute to King’s message, and I look forward to carrying it with me throughout the year.” “The Food Bank Network of Somerset County does amazing work all year ‘round, and I am thrilled to support them today and every day,” said Somerset County Commission Deputy Director Sara Sooy. “I want to thank the Somerset County Democratic volunteers who worked so hard to help so many people to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and participate in the Day of Service.”     If you or a family member are in need please contact The Food Bank Network of Somerset County at (732) 560-1813.  If you would like to make a financial donation, you can go to https://www.somersetfoodbank.org/donate to do so. The main pantry is located at 9E  Easy Street, Middlebrook Crossroads Industrial Park in Bound Brook, NJ and operates 9:00 AM  -  2:30 PM, Monday  through  Friday. Additional pantries are located at the Bound Brook Presbyterian Church on 409 Mountain Blvd., Bound Brook, NJ and Shiloh Pentecostal Church on 139 Davenport Street Somerville, NJ and the Vermeule Community Center, 614 Greenbrook Road, North Plainfield, NJ. The pantries at the Bound Brook Presbyterian Church and Shiloh Pentecostal Church operate 10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM, Every  Saturday. The pantry at the Vermeule Center operates 10:00 AM - 12 Noon on the Last two Saturdays of the Month.

Somerset County Democrats Celebrate Green Brook Win

Green Brook, NJ – Following the final certification of the 2020 Elections by Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter, lifetime Green Brook resident Matthew Stanisci is officially the highest vote recipient for Green Brook Township Committee. He is the first Democrat to serve on the Township Committee since 2014 when Edward Pfeifer finished his second term. Continue reading

Drake and Singleterry Sweep the Endorsements for Somerset County Freeholder

Environmental, Labor, and Education Organizations Once Again Back Democrats to Lead Somerset County’s Future   Somerville, NJ – Leading organizations fighting for the environment, good jobs at good wages, and a great education for our children have spoken with one voice: they support Democrats Paul Drake and Doug Singleterry for Freeholder in Somerset County.     Continue reading

Statement from Peg Schaffer on the President's COVID status

Somerville - “NJ 101.5, a Pro Trump talk radio station reports that the President knew he, his staff, and his Secret Service protection had been exposed to -- in Air Force One’s enclosed cabin with recycled air! -- and may have contracted COVID-19 on Thursday morning, and instead of following CDC guidelines and isolating until his test came through Trump came to Somerset County and held an indoor, mask-free fundraiser with Central Jersey business, government, and political leaders.""And this morning we wake up to learn that Trump was infected with COVID-19 while glad-handing his supporters in Bedminster." Continue reading

Like President Trump, Somerset GOP Chair Denigrates Other Republicans to Discredit the 2020 Election

Claims Voter List Managed by Republican Chair and Administrator of the Board of Elections Could Lead to “Confusion” and “Fraud”; Mistrusts His Own Party’s Election Officials He is Holding All Evidence in the GOP HQ Instead of Assisting in A Free and Fair Election Tim Howes has been chair of the Somerset County Republicans for a whole two months, and already he’s showing that he’s more than willing to attack anyone – including fellow Somerset County Republicans -- in order to follow President Trump’s lead in attacking the 2020 election.   Continue reading

Donald Trump Accuses Election Workers of Both Parties of Either Incompetence or Fraud

Today Donald Trump sunk to a new low in his attacks on United States democracy and voting, turning his sights on the local elections office and the bipartisan staff who ensures fair and accurate ballot counts.   "It's not the post office," Trump said. "No, it's the elections office. The post office — look, this is a con job. It's like the Russian hoax." “The problem is when they dump all these [ballots] in front of a few people who are counting them, and they're going to count them wrong," the president said in the interview, without offering evidence. "The post office is not to blame.” Continue reading

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