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A Democratic County Committeeman in Roselle is calling for the resignation of Municipal Chairman Reginald Atkins for refusing to support the local Democratic ticket this year.
In a Facebook post, Atkins said, “I do not and will not condone supporting people that do not have the people at heart. I’m disappointed that we have no choice that will provide a voice for our people tomorrow and for that I apologize.”
“Chairman Atkins has committed the most egregious act by publicly urging residents of Roselle to not vote for our Democratic municipal slate and publicly bemoaning that the Republicans did not run a slate against our Democratic candidates,” said Anthony Esposito, who represents Ward 2, District 1 on the county committee. “We are demanding that Chairman Atkins resign his post immediately and let the Roselle Democrats choose a leader who supports our Party, our candidates, and most importantly, the will of Roselle voters.”
Among the Democrats Atkins refused to support was a political rival, Mayor Christine Dansereau.
Earlier this year, Atkins refused to support Dansereau for re-election and backed another candidate who ran on the organization line.
Running off the line after a court fight to keep the mayor off the ballot, Dansereau defeated candidates backed by Atkins and by Linden Mayor Derek Armstead.
Dansereau received 1,094 votes, beating the 924 earned by Donald Shaw, Atkins’ candidate. Archange Antoine, Armstead’s candidate, got 647 votes.
In 2018, Atkins called on Dansereau to resign from the county committee.
Atkins, who is also a councilman and clergyman, accused the Democratic candidates of supporting a racist strategy.
“Anyone who supports a racist or a racist strategy hurts the direction of Roselle,” said Atkins. “I do not support our local municipal candidates however I do support our Board of Education candidates and the rest of our Column A team.”