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

Malinowski Challenger to Attend Trump Rally

      While all eyes are on Trump and Van Drew as they head to Wildwood for a rally today, don't forget that Congressman Malinowski's challenger also plans to attend. We need Congressman Malinowski in Washington to continue to stand up to Trump's corruption.     Continue reading

Franklin Democrats Sworn In by NJ Speaker

On January 6, 2020 Franklin Township gathered to swear-in a newly elected Democratic councilman following his victory last November.  History was also made with the appointment of Coucilman Charles Onyejiaka, the first West African to be voted Deputy Mayor in the Township's history.  NJ Speaker Craig Coughlin, Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, Assemblyman Joe Danielsen, Somerset County Freeholder Director Shanel Robinson, Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director Sara Sooy, along with our own Chairwoman Peg Schaffer were on hand to celebrate the occasion.   Continue reading

Somerville Swears in Democratic Mayor and Council

On January 1, 2020 Somerville gathered for it's annual reorganization during which the Mayor of Somerville along with several members of the Town Council were sworn in for a new term in office.   Continue reading

Democrats Take Montgomery

On January 2, 2020 newly-elected Democrats Devra Keenan and Kent Huang were sworn in to the Montgomery Township Committee following their elections in November 2019.  Assembelymen Roy Freiman and Andrew Zwicker were on hand to perform the oath of office.       Continue reading

Somerset County Democrats Applaud Russo and Marano’s Swearing In, Historic Reorganization Of Freeholder Board

  Governor Murphy, House Members Watson-Coleman and Malinowski Participated in Historic Transfer of Freeholder Board and Sheriff’s Office Control to Democratic Leadership.  Hundreds of New Jersey Democrats crowded the Historic Somerset County Courthouse today to celebrate Governor Phil Murphy swearing in Melonie Marano as the newest Somerset County Freeholder and Darrin Russo as the new Somerset County Sheriff.  "I am thrilled to swear in a Democratic majority on the Somerset County Freeholder Board for the first time since 1965,” said Governor Murphy. “This change didn't happen by accident -- it's due to incredible leadership from Chairwoman Peg Schaffer, dynamic candidates like Melonie Marano and Darrin Russo, key investments by our state Democratic Party that helped strengthen their campaigns, grassroots leaders who devoted their time and effort to turning Somerset County blue, and the committed message of building a stronger and fairer New Jersey that is resonating here and throughout our state.”  Continue reading