Some of Mercer County’s most powerful Democrats have moved to oust Janice Mironov as county chair, endorsing David Schroth to replace her.
County Executive Brian Hughes, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing), State Sen. Shirley Turner (D-Lawrence) and Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D-Trenton) today announced their support of Schroth, a Ewing councilman.
Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora, Ewing Mayor Bert Steinmann and Hopewell Borough Mayor Paul Anzano are also backing Schroth.
The fight involves Mironov’s growing belief that Trenton receives too big a share of attention from Mercer Democrats based on shrinking voter turnout, the New Jersey Globe has learned.
“As a councilman in his second term, Dave Schroth has built a record on being a man of his word, who, with little fanfare, finds solutions to complex problems. A true collaborator, Dave is known for often being the voice of reason and someone who can leverage the power of teamwork to solve even the most challenging issues,” the officials said. “By building an atmosphere of trust, Dave Schroth will inspire the Mercer County Democratic Committee to perform at its highest level and to connect all its members to a broader mission and to each other.”
Hughes had sought a one-year delay in the reorganization of the county Democratic Party, warning that holding an in-person convention would endanger the health of county committee members and could run afoul of gathering limits imposed to blunt the spread of the virus.
Under Hughes’ plan, Mironov’s current term would be extended until 2021, with a convention for her seat delayed until then.
Mironov had released a lengthy list of endorsements that includes all seven of the county’s freeholders and Sheriff Jack Kemler.
Assemblymen Daniel Benson (D-Hamilton), Wayne DeAngelo (D-Hamilton), Andrew Zwicker (D-South Brunswick), Roy Freiman (D-Hillsborough) and Anthony Verrelli (D-Hopewell) have signed onto Mironov’s re-election
Top officials in newly-Democratic Hamilton, Lawrence Township, Hopewell Township, Hightstown, Ewing and East Windsor, where Mironov is longtime mayor, are backing the chair’s re-election, and she has the support of Democratic municipal chairs in Pennington and Robbinsville.
Schroth is the son of late Trenton City Council President David Schroth, who also served as a New Jersey Superior Court judge.