Dansereau Candidacy in Trouble: Clerk’s Office Rejects Mayor’s Reelection Petition in Roselle

Roselle Mayor Christine Dansereau has won her fight to be included on the ballot for June's primary election after Acting Roselle Clerk Lydia Massey rejected a joint petition Dansereau filed for herself and council candidate Denise Wilkerson.

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:

Massey letter

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.

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  • Roger Stryeski

    Who set her up?

    • James Devine

      Anthony Esposito took responsibility for the error. Not everything is a conspiracy!

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