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Gov. Phil Murphy delivers his 2023 budget address on March 8, 2022. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Murphy backs Duarte, DeLamater in Morris County

By David Wildstein, May 03 2022 10:31 am

Gov. Phil Murphy has endorsed Amalia Duarte for Morris County Democratic chairman, along with his former deputy chief of staff, Mike DeLamater as vice chair.

“Amalia is a longtime community leader and township committeewoman who brings an unmatched set of knowledge, experience, and vision to one of the most important county leadership roles in our party,” Murphy said.  “She has earned a reputation as a consensus builder who brings people together and is willing to do the hard work necessary to help Democrats win in challenging environments.  As the first woman and first Latina to lead the Morris County Democratic Committee, Amalia is the right choice to turn Morris County blue.”

Duarte is unopposed in the May 9 special election to replace Chip Robinson.  Robinson announced his resignation last week.

Murphy called DeLamater “one of my key political advisors for many years” and said he has “an impressive understanding of what it takes to win in diverse communities all across our state.”

Three other candidates for executive board posts – Darcy Draeger for secretary, Michael Thompson for treasurer, and Cara Parmigiani for sergeant-at-arms – also won Murphy’ backing.

“Together with the expanded executive board advisory group that brings a wealth of knowledge on running campaigns and grassroots organizing, I know this team will bring new energy and leadership to the Morris County Democratic Committee and help Democrats win up and down the ballot this November and beyond,” Murphy said.

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