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State Sen. Nicholas Scutari, left. (Photo by Nikita Biryukov)

Scutari re-elected Union County Dem chairman

Carter replaces Mahr as vice chair

By Nikita Biryukov, June 11 2019 8:20 pm

State Sen. Nicholas Scutari was re-elected to his seat at the head of Union County’s Democratic Committee Tuesday.

The chairman ran unopposed.

“I want to say thank you. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve in this capacity,” Scutari said. “It is a labor of love. It is a tremendous responsibility, and I haven’t shirked that responsibility, and I promise that I will not for the next two years.”

Assemblywoman Linda Carter (D-Plainfield) was elected to be vice chairwoman, replacing Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr who did not seek to keep her spot as the county party’s number two Democrat.

Carter also ran unopposed.

“I pledge to make sure that we work collectively together — work with the chairman and work with each of you to make sure the Union County Democratic Party is strong and continues to make sure we are fighting for a fair portion of what’s going on not just in our towns but across the state,” Carter said.

There was some speculation from Union County sources that Tuesday’s reorganization meeting would see some conflict.

Over the last year, Democrats in Union have often feuded with one another.

Linden Mayor Derek Armstead and Scutari vied for control of the county party and control of Linden’s Municipal Committee.

Armstead won the latter fight, but both he and Scutari indicated they did not intend to drag those feuds out into the future.

“As my mayor in Linden says, there’s enough for everybody. Right, Mayor?” Scutari said. “And I pledge to work with him and my members of my city council in Linden — congratulations, mayor — and work with everyone here regardless of where we were before we came in here today.”

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