Scutari elected Union County Democratic Chairman

Nicholas Scutari is the new Union County Democratic Chairman.  He defeated Collen Mahr by a 412 to 341 vote in a special election tonight to fill the unexpired term of Jerry Green. Mahr, the Mayor of Fanwood, became acting county chair following Green’s resignation. She will now return to the vice chairmanship.  She had the […]

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Judge rules for Scutari

A Superior Court Judge ruled today that Union County Democrats may not use voting machines in tomorrow’s special election for County Chairman. Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis sided with State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden), who argued that the party by-laws required a roll call vote by town.  His opponent, acting county chair Colleen Mahr, had […]

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In Union County, no clear data to predict Chair race

Three candidates will compete in a special election on Wednesday to replace Jerry Green as Union County Democratic Chairman.  Insiders say that State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden) is ahead of Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, the acting county chair, and Hillside Democratic Municipal Chairman Anthony Salters.  But in the absence of an independent town-by-town head count […]

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Democrats say Mahr using images without permission

A group of Union County Democrats say that Colleen Mahr used their images in a campaign video without permission. Freeholders Christopher Hudak and Alexander Mirabella and the former Mayor of Scotch Plains, Kevin Glover, want Mahr to take them out of a video urging county committee members to support her for Democratic Chairman. “Mahr did […]

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Scutari-backer says Mahr misused her image

A Democratic county committeewoman from Scotch Plains is crying foul after acting Union County Democratic Chair Collen Mahr distributed campaign literature with her photo. Kimberly Nix says she supports State Sen. Nicholas Scutari, not Mahr. A self-described community activist “who is in the practice of speaking up for myself,” Nix says she is disappointed by […]

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Scutari supporters ask Judge for relief

A group of Democrats are asking a Superior Court Judge to order acting Union County Democratic Chair Colleen Mahr to follow party rules in next week’s special election for county chairman. The Democrats – all county committee members supporting State Sen. Nicholas Scutari — have accused Mahr of abusing her position by making decisions that […]

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Watson Coleman returns favor and endorses Mahr

U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) has endorsed Colleen Mahr for Union County Democratic Chair.  It was first reported by InsiderNJ. Watson Coleman represents the 12th district, which includes Plainfield, Fanwood, and part of Scotch Plains.  Mahr is the Mayor of Fanwood and she backed Watson Coleman in 2014 in her primary for Rush Holt’s […]

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Union County 7th district meeting postponed

The thirteen municipal chairs from the Union County portion of the seventh congressional district were scheduled to meet on Thursday, but that meeting has been cancelled, sources say. Colleen Mahr, the acting county chair who faces her own special election next week, has reportedly been anxious to award the Union County organization line this week.  […]

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Seven Democrats challenge Lance

There is no clear frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s seventh district, where seven candidates are competing for the chance to take on five-term Republican Leonard Lance. Linda Weber has secured organization lines in Somerset and Essex counties, and she appears to be the favorite in Union County – though the […]

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Linden Councilwomen bash Mahr

Two Linden Councilwomen are protesting acting Union County Democratic Chair Colleen Mahr’s selection of Linden Mayor Derek Armstead as her running mate, saying that Armstead “is the epitome of the challenges facing women in politics – not the answer.” “We have both respectfully disagreed and spoken out against Mayor Armstead’s tactics and policies in the […]

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From hospital, Green campaigns for Scutari

Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-Plainfield) is making phone calls today from his hospital bed trying to round up votes for Nicholas Scutari to be the next Union County Demcoratic Chairman. Green resigned the chairmanship last week for health reasons, but the fact that he’s working the phones on behalf of Scutari is a sign that he […]

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Scutari adds women supporters

State Sen. Nicholas Scutari is touting the endorsements of 31 Democratic women in his campaign for Union County Democratic Chairman.  He will face off next month against Colleen Mahr, the acting chair, in a special election to fill the remaining sixteen months of Jerry Green’s term. One staunch supporter is Linden Councilwoman Rashonna Cosby, who […]

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Plainfield official says she won’t endorse

Plainfield City Councilwoman Diane Toliver says rumors that she has endorsed a candidate for Union County Democratic chair are false. “I have not endorsed anyone, and will support which ever candidate wins,” Toliver said, noting that she has not been asked for an endorsement and has no plans to make a choice between State Sen. […]

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