Somerset County Democratic Asian American Caucus Applaud the Selection of Senator Harris as Candidate for Vice President

The Somerset County Democratic Asian American Caucus has supported Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, in the past. We are delighted with her selection. We urge everyone including all Asian Americans to vote for the Biden-Harris ticket and the entire Democratic line. It is a historic moment for all Asian Americans, our own Kamala Devi Harris is running. She is a first-generation daughter, raised by an Asian American immigrant mother, the late Dr. Shyamala Gopalan Harris a cancer researcher, from Chennai India. She has achieved this high opportunity to serve and possibly more awaits her in the future, with everyone’s support. This could only happen in America. We could not be more excited to campaign for the Biden-Harris team now, and urge everyone to vote for them on Election Day Tuesday, November 3rd. This will be the real, positive change that America and Somerset County need to correct the racial divide in America. This is a historic and bold decision by Vice President Biden and he should be rewarded for it.  – Rajiv Prasad Chairman of the Somerset County Democratic Asian American Caucus. 

Statements from leaders of the Somerset County Democratic Committee on Joe Biden's selection of Senator Kamala Harris as the Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States

Joe Biden made a brilliant choice in selecting Senator Kamala Harris as his partner in the race for the White House, underscoring Democrats’ celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in America. Senator Harris represents the largest state in the nation, fought against mortgage fraud as the Attorney General of California, and has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to take on the big fights that make a difference in everyday American lives. I am thrilled to support the Biden/Harris ticket and know that Somerset County and New Jersey are behind this historic team that celebrates the richness and diversity of Somerset County and the United States of America. – Peg Schaffer, Somerset County Democratic Committee Chair Continue reading

Somerset County Education Association Endorse Drake & Singleterry

The Somerset County Education Association endorsed Democrats Paul Drake and Doug Singleterry for Freeholder in the upcoming November elections. Drake and Singleterry have made county support for public education a cornerstone of their campaigns, and this endorsement recognizes their commitment. Continue reading

Letter to Editor

Bridgewater Republican Mathew Moench, recently endorsed a new Republican Somerset County Chair by stating this individual, Tim Howes, would stay “true to our Republican values.” This is particularly egregious for as we have seen from the leader of the Republican Party, Donald Trump, the party’s values are hatred, bigotry, racism while attacking the very foundation of our Republic. Is this what Somerset County Republicans think the citizens of Somerset County want from their elected leaders?  When Donald Trump comes to Bedminster, will Moench, Howes and their fellow Somerset County Republicans roll out the red carpet or call out his divisiveness, deception, and denial of reality even as the country remains traumatized by COVID-19? Those who believe in Republican values, while their leader is Donald Trump, should be ashamed, and be prepared to hear in November from the voters of Somerset County, what are their true values.   Michael Goldberg Secretary – Somerset County Democratic Committee

First Democratic County Budget Delivers a Tax Reduction, Fulfilling the Promise to Be Strict Stewards of the Public’s Funds and Trust

The Democrat-led Somerset County Freeholder Board today approved the 2020 budget including a tax rate reduction of 1.31%, fulfilling the promises of Freeholder Director Shanel Robinson, Deputy Director Sara Sooy, and Freeholder Melonie Marano to be fiscally conservative while providing top-level services. “The reality is Democrats are not only socially progressive, but also the fiscally responsible party, and this budget that reduces the county property tax rate proves that true locally,” said Somerset County Democratic Chair Peg Schaffer. “During COVID-19, we are seeing strong Democratic leadership from Freeholder Director Robinson and her team that ensures residents who are hurting have the services they need at a price we can all afford.” Continue reading

Somerset County Democratic Committee Stands With The Protestors, Calls For Political Engagement To Remove And Replace Tone-Deaf Elected Officials

The murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis, MN, police officers on Memorial Day is only the latest example of the harm done to black and brown individuals, families, and communities because our country has yet to come to terms with its built-in racism. Too many of our brothers and sisters are forced to live in constant fear that they, or their children, will be the next to see their life changed or taken for no reason other than the color of their skin. As Somerset County has become more diverse, we have taken significant steps toward ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard, not the least of which was the selection earlier this year of Freeholder Director Shanel Robinson, a Black woman, and Deputy Director Sara Sooy, a Latina woman. We as a committee and a community were thrilled to see this change at the top of our county government, but it is not nearly enough. Continue reading

The Somerset County Democrats hold Virtual Convention for 2020 Endorsements

The Somerset County Democrats hold Virtual Convention for 2020 Endorsements Democrats Endorse Jalloh for Surrogate, Singleterry and Drake for Freeholder; Presidential Race Goes to an Open Primary This past weekend, Somerset County Democrats nominated attorney Tina Jalloh for Somerset County Surrogate, North Plainfield Councilman Doug Singleterry and former Hillsborough Councilman Paul Drake for Freeholder via an online voting platform. The annual vote was taken online because the regular nominating convention, originally planned for March 11th, was canceled out of an abundance of caution during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading

Somerset County Democrats: Promises Made, Promises Kept

Campaign Promises Are More Than Words to Somerset County’s Elected Democrats   Fulfilling a promise made during the 2019 campaign, Somerset County’s Democratic majority government is opening the Freeholder Board’s appointment process by inviting any resident with an interest in serving on a board, committee or commission to submit their resume and be considered for openings. The new process begins with a web page listing every available opportunity, and a form to submit a resume.  Continue reading

Somerset County Democratic Committee Launches On-Going Initiative to Help Veterans in Need

On Tuesday, February 11th Members from the Somerset County Democratic Committee joined forces with the Foodbank Network of Somerset County to provide resources to our Veterans in the Community Hope Program on the campus of the VA Medical Center in Lyons, NJ.  Organized by the Committee’s Social Action Caucus, which is dedicated to providing aid for those in need across Somerset County, the initiative will continue for several months.     Continue reading

Malinowski Named Among Top Corruption Fighters in DC

  On the 10th anniversary of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, Congressman Tom Malinowski was awarded an A+ rating from End Citizens United for his aggressive pursuit of campaign finance reform and government transparency. Continue reading