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Democratic State Committeeman Matt Anderson. (Photo: YouTube.)

Anderson is top vote-getter as Monmouth Democrats oust two incumbents for state committee posts

In first open convention to fill state committee posts, three new members in Monmouth’s eight-person delegation

By David Wildstein, March 21 2021 11:38 am

Two incumbent Democratic State Committee members were defeated for re-election today in Monmouth County, where Democrats established a rare open process that allowed all convention delegates to pick the county’s eight state party members.

Incumbent Matthew Anderson was the top vote-getter with 550 votes in a contest where male and female candidates ran is separate contests to endure gender balance for the winners

The biggest upsets were the defeats of incumbents Lauren Albrecht, the chair of the state LGBTQ Caucus and deputy vice chair of the Monmouth County Democrats, and Michael Ryan, the former mayor of Lake Como.

Albrecht lost by 14 votes to Tricia Maguire, the executive director of Elect Women NJ, a political action committee that helps women win election to local office in New Jersey.

Incumbents Ava Johnson (442), Ayesha Chaudhary (423) and Mary Foster (411) were the top three vote-getters.  Maguire beat Albrecht, 392-378, with Matawan Councilwoman Deana Gunn finishing sixth with 312 votes.

Aberdeen Councilman Greg Cannon grabbed the second seat with 412 votes, followed by incumbent Bob Salman (382), and Freehold Mayor Kevin Kane (371).

Kane ousted Ryan by 36 votes, 371-335.

Red Bank Councilman Hazim Yassin, who had already dropped out of the race, received 242 votes.

Incumbent Michael Beson did not seek re-election.  He was instead nominated as the Democratic organization candidate for Monmouth County Commissioner and will likely face incumbent Sue Kiley in the fall.

Turnout in the vote-by-mail convention was 71%.

The organization slate will be headed by Gov. Phil Murphy, who won his home county line by acclamation.

Albrecht and Ryan have the option of seeking re-election to a four-year term off the line in the June Democratic primary.

Anderson was elected to fill a vacancy in 2020 after State Committeeman Bill Robinson resigned.  A former chief of staff to Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-Neptune) and Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freeholder), Anderson is the founder of Millennials for NJ, a political action committee.

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