Mark Natale has been elected Democratic Municipal Chairman in Evesham after a reorganization held online today.
He replaces Christie DeCarolis, who became acting chair in February when Phil Warren stepped down to join Michael Bloomberg’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
DeCarolis has returned to the vice chair post.
An attorney, Natale was the Democratic candidate for State Assembly in the 8th district in 2019.
“Throughout my time in politics, I have always felt most hopeful and optimistic with our local democratic party, and that is true today,” Natale said. “I am humbled to have the support of the Evesham Democratic Committee, and proud to take the baton from Phil Warren.”
Evesham Democrats are seeking to flip their last two Republican seats on the township council this year.
The Democratic candidates are Eddie Freeman, an attorney who completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army Reserve, and Ginamarie Cordero Espinoza, the constituent services director in Rep. Donald Norcross’ office.
They are expected to face Republicans Drew Wilson and Mark Mancuso for the seats of two incumbents not seeking re-election, Bob DiEnna and Ken D’Andrea.
Democrats took control of Evesham in 2018 when Jaclyn Veasy was elected mayor by a 52%-48% margin over GOP councilman Steve Zeuli. Democrats beat incumbent councilwoman Deborah Hackman and picked up Zeuli’s seat, giving them a 3-2 majority.
The incumbent mayor, Republican Randy Brown, dropped his re-election bid in the fall. Brown had won re-election in 2014 with 62% of the vote.
Once a Republican stronghold, Evesham has now swung Democratic. The township has delivered pluralities for Hillary Clinton in 2016, Phil Murphy in 2017, Bob Menendez and favorite son Andy Kim in 2018, and Democratic Assembly candidates in 2019.
“I look forward to helping the party support Mayor Veasy, Deputy Mayor Cooper, and Councilwoman Hansen, win two more council seats in the fall with Eddie Freeman and Ginamarie Espinoza, re-elect our county and Congressional candidates, and continue to build a party that encourages and empowers our residents to get involved in local politics,” said Natale.