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A letter by Acting Roselle Clerk Lydia Massey to Council candidate Denise Wilkerson appears also to doom the reelection candidacy of Roselle Mayor Christine Dansereau.
Dansereau was preparing for a reelection battle in the June Democratic Primary with Recreation Director Donald Shaw and former School Board Member (and activist) Archange Antoine.
But Massey apparently didn’t accept the mayor’s joint petitions submitted with Wilkerson.
The acting clerk’s letter to Wilkerson reads in part:
“I am in receipt of your joint petitions for the offices of Mayor and Council-at-Large for the June 4, 2019 primary election. Please be advised that I am without statutory authority to accept these joint petitions for filing because said petitions are for different offices.”
She advises the candidate to seek judicial instructions, but as of this moment, the mayor’s reelection bid is imperiled.
The full letter is below:
Dansereau did not respond to calls and texts for comment.
Her jeopardized candidacy occurs against a proxy war context in Roselle.
Antoine has the backing of Linden Mayor Derek Armstead. Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-20) supports Shaw and Dansereau apparently hopeful of running with the backing of Senator Joe Cryan (D-20) and Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr.