Warren County Democrats have hired Charlie Baranski to serve as their new executive director.
“We are very proud to be able to take this step,” said Tom Palmieri, the Warren County Democratic Chairman. “As a party, we are growing exponentially and look forward to cementing our recent success as we move towards 2022.”
Depending on redistricting, Warren could play a key role in the fight for control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2022. Both of the county’s congressmen are Democrats: Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) in the 7th and Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) in the 5th.
Baranski first caught the notice of North Jersey Democrats in 2020 when he won more than 10,000 votes as an off-the-line Morris County freeholder candidate despite the encumbrances of the coronavirus pandemic and a July primary conducted through vote-by-mail ballots.
Warren has 11,650 more Republicans than Democrats, and Republican Jack Ciattarelli carried Morris County by 11,015 votes, 64%-35% against Gov. Phil Murphy on November 2.
Democrats haven’t won a countywide election since 1997; they lost their last foothold in 2000 when now-State Sen. Michael Doherty (R-Oxford) unseated Freeholder Ann Stone.
In 1920, when Republicans won 59 of 60 State Assembly seats on the coattails of Warren Harding’s presidential campaign, only Warren County elected a Democrat to the legislature. Harry Runyan (D-Belvidere) was the minority leader of a Democratic caucus of one.
“I’m very honored to help this organization remind Democrats all over Warren County that, no matter where you are, you’re not the only Democrat on your block,” Baranski said. “I’m excited to put my locally-focused ideas of party-building into practice in one of the most beautiful areas of New Jersey.”