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Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Michael Suleiman, right, with President Joe Biden. (Photo: Facebook).

Suleiman, Plumer re-elected county chairs

By David Wildstein, June 30 2022 9:13 pm

The two youngest county chairmen in the state were re-elected without opposition in party reorganizations on Thursday evening.

Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Michael Suleiman won his fourth term.  At age 31, he is still the state’s youngest county chair.

Hunterdon County Republican Chairman Gabe Plumer being sworn in as the mayor of Alexandria in January 2020. (Photo: Delaware Valley Regional High School.)

Gabe Plumer was re-elected to his second term as the Hunterdon County Republican Chairman.  The 33-year-old Plumer is also the mayor of Alexandria.

“Under our leadership, we’ve doubled-down on fair election districts, outreach to disadvantaged communities, and promoting candidates who want to make Atlantic County affordable again,” Suleiman said.  “I look forward to working with our members over the next two years to continue growing our party.”

The new vice chair in Atlantic is Thelma Witherspoon.  A former county commissioner candidate – she received the most votes in the 2020 general, but a judge invalidated the election after the county clerk, a Democrat, didn’t properly mail ballots to some voters in the district.  She lost a do-over race last year.

The post was recently vacated after Audrey Miles became the Atlantic County Deputy Superintendent of Elections.

Plumer replaced Pat Torpey, who stepped down in 2020.  Torpey remains the first vice chair.

“This is a great time to be a Republican,” Plumer said.  “We have so much opportunity on the horizon.  Despite challenges at home and abroad, I’m confident we can rise to any challenge at any level of government with principled conservative leadership and I know we will have that with our full slate of candidates this year, all of whom will be supported by conservative leadership from this county party.”

A new county commissioner district map drawn by Suleiman was selected by a tiebreaker earlier this year, but Republicans still have control of county government in Atlantic.

Plumer has three of five county commissioner seats on the ballot this year, although Republicans are poised to win all of them.  They key race in Hunterdon County is the contest for Congress in New Jersey’s 7th district, where Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) faces former Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr.

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