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Special election for Union chair in 30 days or less

By David Wildstein

The resignation of Union County Democratic Chairman Jerry Green makes Vice Chair Colleen Mahr the acting chair, for now.  Under party by-laws, Mahr is obligated to call a special election of the full County Committee within thirty days.

Both sides in the race for county chairman have already begun counting County Committee votes.  With about 800 members, a simple majority is necessary.  And one certainty is that both State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden) and Mahr’s ally, State Sen. Joe Cryan (D-Union) know how to count insider votes.

With Scutari’s quick emergence into the race, backed up by a rapid list of key endorsements, the next step is to see if Mahr or anyone else becomes a candidate for county chairman.  That’s the most obvious sign of whether Cryan’s count has Scutari under the 50% plus one needed to win.

Green is not giving up his Assembly seat yet.  That could be used as a bargaining chip if Scutari’s internal count is not enough for a clear win – but it’s more likely that the Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp is already in possession of that chip.

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