State Sen. Shirley Turner (D-Lawrence) backed delaying the Mercer County Democratic Committee’s reorganization convention Thursday.
“I would think that would be the sensible thing to do in view of the problems that we’re having in terms of this whole coronavirus and bringing people together,” Turner said.
Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes and Mercer County Democratic Chairwoman Janice Mironov are at odds over the MCDC’s upcoming convention. Mironov wants it held at the end of the month, on either July 27 or 28.
Hughes wants it delayed until 2021 to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Last week, the county executive sent a letter to Mercer’s Democratic leaders urging them to support the convention’s postponement. On Monday, Mironov sent her own letter, which boasted a lengthy list of backers that included most of Mercer County’s Assembly lawmakers.
Turner and Mercer’s other senators weren’t on that list.
“Nobody asked me to be on a letter, so I wasn’t involved in that,” Turner said.
The overriding concern for Turner is that holding a convention this month could dissuade county committee members from showing up to vote. Even if the convention is held electronically — that’s the plan — it’s possibly some committee members lack access to a stable internet connection.
“We would want everybody who is eligible to vote — that’s the committee people — we would want them to be there to cast their votes,” Turner said. “They haven’t even finished counting the ballots from the primary, so I don’t know what the rush is.”