Peg Schaffer won re-election to another four-year term as Somerset County Democratic chair on Wednesday without opposition.
Schaffer was first elected in 2018 after Elia Pelios stepped down and spent a decade seeking to pry control of county government from the Republicans for the first time since 1965.
Steve Peter ousted a Republican county clerk in 2017, and Democrats flipped five county commissioner seats between 2018 and 2020. They also captured the sheriff and surrogate offices. Three Somerset County Democrats – Roy Freiman (D-Hillsborough), Joe Danielson (D-Franklin) and Sadaf Jaffer (D-Montgomery) – serve in the New Jersey State Assembly.
“Democrats have been able to flip towns, the county, state legislative seats and Congressional seats through hard work, great candidates, and good governance,” said Schaffer, who is also the state party vice chair.
Also re-elected was vice chairman Zenon Christodoulou, although his tenure could be short. Gov. Phil Murphy has nominated him to a seat on the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and he is awaiting Senate confirmation.