Mildred Scott, the first black woman to win election as a county sheriff in New Jersey, is the new chair of the Middlesex County Democratic Black Caucus. She has replaced former South River Councilman Matthew Vaugh, who has stepped down after several years as chairman.
“Middlesex County is one of the most diverse counties in the country, and this breakfast is a powerful reminder that this diversity is our strength,” said Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe. “Sherriff Scott is the right leader, at the right time, to pick up where Matt Vaughn has left off, to continue to move this caucus and our state and county forward.”
More than 200 people attended the black caucus breakfast on Saturday, where they heard from U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing), and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin.
“We’re headed toward the most consequential midterm election cycle of our lifetimes when it comes to the rights and well-being of people of color” Menendez told the group. “We have a President in the White House who traffics in fear and governs in chaos, who sees being wealthy as the same thing as being worthy, who judges immigrants based on the color of their skin and which countries they come from, and who is determined to destroy the legacy of Barack Obama – just because he was Barack Obama.”