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

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