The Essex County Democratic Committee Executive Board this afternoon by unanimous voice vote on a tele-conference call gave approval to a resolution postponing the County Committee election scheduled for this June 2 Primary to June 2021 for, at that time, a three-year term expiring in 2024.
The Executive Board is comprised of all elected officials, State Committee and municipal chairs.
The Bergen Democratic Committee gave approval to a similar resolution.
Below is an email blast letter from the chairman, Paul Juliano:
When the New Jersey Democratic State Committee (NJDSC) recommended that all counties scheduled to hold county committee elections this year extend current terms by 1 year to June 2021, I took it under serious consideration and reached out municipal chairs and elected leaders throughout the county for there advice and counsel. The overwhelming sentiment was that every effort should be made to avoid the public health risks associated with asking many of our 1,000-plus members to circulate the petitions and that the online process may prove to be difficult for many committee members and petitioners. The decision was ultimately yours to make.
I’m proud to say that once again the turnout for the online vote was exceedingly high with over 73% of duly elected or appointed county committee members weighing in.
The election results were calculated by the online voting system and I am pleased to share them with you. You may view them at https://secure.electionbuddy.com/results/7N6HV3BMRCYN
By a vote of 740 to 39 the resolution passes. County Committee terms will be extended by 1 year and will not be on the primary ballot this year.
The entire committee will be up next year 2021 for a 1 year term as will the County Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. The County Clerk’s Office will inform municipal clerks of the change and ask that any candidates for county committee who already submitted petitions be notified.
Thank you for your continued commitment to the Democratic Party. I am honored to serve as your Chairman.
Please stay safe and remember to check in on one another. We are all in this together.
Paul A. Juliano