Greg Vartan Elected Summit Municipal Democratic Committee Chair

Greg Vartan Elected Summit Municipal Democratic Committee Chair

Greg Vartan was recently elected Summit Municipal Democratic Committee Chair.


Summit, New Jersey – The Summit Municipal Democratic Committee (SMDC) is proud to announce the election of Greg Vartan as Chair. Mr. Vartan succeeds the outgoing Chair, Lacey Cotter.


A fourth-generation Summit resident, Mr. Vartan currently represents Ward 2 on the Summit Common Council. He launched a bid for Congressional District 7 last year, and he is now supporting Democratic nominee Sue Altman for Congress and serving as senior advisor to her campaign. He previously served as Summit Council President.


“As a Hilltopper and lifelong Democrat, I care deeply about our community,” said Mr. Vartan. “The Summit Municipal Democratic Committee is committed to electing candidates who will listen to residents, outline a vision for the future, and work tirelessly on behalf of the community. I look forward to helping elect local leaders who are ready to give back to our community, deliver results, and solve problems – from strengthening our schools, to keeping Summit families safe, and ensuring Summit remains a welcoming place to live, work and raise a family.”


On Common Council, Mr. Vartan has championed fiscal responsibility, supporting law enforcement, and investing in education and community programming. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he helped expand access to vaccines, supported the closure of Maple Street for outdoor dining, and helped ensure Summit’s downtown survived and thrived. He has prioritized meaningful pedestrian and traffic safety initiatives, including the creation of several new sidewalk and road improvement projects. He also helped advance equity by advocating that City interns be paid and supporting several inclusive events that celebrate Summit’s diversity. In addition, he helped expand the Hometown Heroes program that honors our servicemembers and veterans.


“As a first responder and elected official, Greg Vartan has always answered the call to serve his community and fellow neighbors,” said outgoing SMDC Chair, Lacey Cotter. “Once again, Greg is stepping up to answer the call to serve as SMDC Chair. I have no doubt that his visionary leadership will help grow our party and win elections in Summit.”


A graduate of Summit Public Schools, Mr. Vartan has a long history of community service. He served as a Planning Board member and their liaison to the Environmental Commission from 2016-2018. He also volunteered as a Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for 12 years, serving as Board of Trustees member and Crew Chief of the Sunday Night Crew. In addition, he was a member of the Summit Police Department Youth Academy’s inaugural class, and over the next four years, he helped organize the program.


Mr. Vartan lives in Summit with his wife, Megan.


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