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New board members of the College Democrats of New Jersey gather at their annual meeting on April 27, 2019 at the College of New Jersey (Facebook Photo)

Meagan Warner elected NJ College Dems president

Sam Beson is new vice president

By David Wildstein, April 27 2019 8:48 pm

Meagan Warner, who worked on campaigns for Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill) and Trenton mayor Reed Gusciora, was elected president of the College Democrats of New Jersey at their annual meeting today.

Warner, a student at The College of New Jersey, currently works in the office of Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds Jackson (D-Trenton).  She succeeds Megan Coyne.

The new vice president is Sam Beson, a Rutgers University student and an intern in the office of New Brunswick mayor James Cahill.

“I am so proud of the work our Executive Board accomplished, from organizing on campuses across the state during the midterm elections to raising thousands of dollars to launch our Blue Wave Fellowship,” Coyne said.  “I look forward to watching all that the new board accomplishes and have the utmost confidence that Meagan will be a fantastic president.”

Also elected to CDNJ posts were: Nick Brago (Rowan), executive director; Neil Mullengada (Rutgers-New Brunswick), treasurer; Hafiza Kazi (Rowan), communications director; James Santonastaso (Rutgers-Newark), membership director; Sullivan Hughes (Princeton), political director; Anthony Rios (Stevens), development director; David McMillan (TCNJ), state council chair; Allie Powers (Seton Hall), northern regional chair; Nick Gibson (Monmouth), central regional chair; and Emily McGrath (Rowan), southern regional chair.

“I’m looking forward to the work that Sam and I will do alongside a great executive board. I’m humbled by the opportunity and task at hand and excited to get to work.”

The College Democrats raised money at events in Asbury Park and Hoboken to fund the Blue Wave Fellowship that provided transportation stipends to unpaid interns across New Jersey.

Michael Zhadanovsky, the outgoing vice president, praised the new leadership team.

“I am so proud of Meagan, Sam, and the rest of the team for their victory in this election. I am looking forward to seeing their success in building on our accomplishments over the past year and surpassing them.”

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