New NJDSC Deputy Vice-Chairs

One of the things that came out of the state Democratic conference in AC that ended Saturday was the selection of 4 new deputy vice chairs:

  • Sheila Oliver, Assembly Speaker Emeritus  

  • Colin Bell, Atlantic County Freeholder at-Large

  • Steven Goldstein, Founder/Chair Emeritus of Garden State Equality

  • Vin Gopal, Monmouth County Democratic Committee Chair

    I pull a couple of potentially significant items out of the NJDSC release. The first is that all four were referred to as ‘party activists.’ At least two of them, Gopal and Goldstein, come into party politics from actual and recent progressive activism; I don’t think the use of the word ‘activist’ was an accident. The second is that two of them, Bell and Gopal, are younger than most of the party establishment. That’s potentially encouraging. (Bell I don’t know much about at all, I found a short bio on him here).

    In addition, a quorum of NJDSC voting members authorized the organization to establish additional caucuses intended to help build grassroots support for Democratic candidates. One of them will be a Progressive Caucus. We’ll have more on that down the line.  

  • Comment (1)

    1. firstamend07

      A true pioneer!


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