Somerset Dems Hire New Executive Director


On the heels of victories in the Sheriff and Freeholder races, the Somerset County Democratic Committee announced that it has hired a new Executive Director, James Garrity. He will continue the growth of the organization now that the county is governed by a Democratic majority. James Corti, Garrity’s predecessor has become the district director for Congressman Josh Gottheimer.

Garrity previously served as a field organizer on the successful reelection campaign of Assemblymen Andrew Zwicker and Roy Freiman to New Jersey’s 16th legislative district.

“While I am sorry to see James Corti go, we are happy for his success and I am delighted to welcome James Garrity as our new Executive Director,” said Somerset County Democratic Chair Peg Schaffer (pictured, above).  “His experience with the Assemblymen Zwicker and Freiman campaigns in Somerset County will be invaluable as we look to build our party and grow our majorities locally and county-wide.”

With the addition of Melonie Marano to the Board of Freeholders, and Darrin Russo as Somerset County’s Sheriff, Democrats will see a governing majority in the county for the first time in 54 years.

“It is really excited to join the Somerset County Democratic Committee,” Garrity said.  “I have really big shoes to fill as I take the helm of an organization that made history last year.  There is more the party can do in Somerset County and I am happy to work with our new county leaders to make Somerset a better place to live and work.  We are going to keep building and have more Democrats elected this upcoming year.”
Marano of Green Brook Twp. on Nov. 5th prevailed over incumbent Republican Pat Walsh in her bid for a freeholder seat in her home county of Somerset. Marano’s victory (by 856 votes at last tally) shifted the freeholder board to 3-2 control by Democrats led by Chair Schaffer (who’s also vice chair of the Democratic State Committee).
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