Update: Vin won his election – congrats Chairman! – JG
Today, the Tuesday after Primary Day, is the least talked about, most important day of the year in New Jersey politics. It’s the day when duly elected county committee members meet to choose their party leadership. Different counties have leadership elections in different years, according to their own bylaws, so not every county has a contested race for leadership this year. But Monmouth County does – and the results matter.
Tonight, the Monmouth County Democratic Committee will be electing a new Chair for the first time in 23 years. And one of the candidates – Vin Gopal – has a real chance to win, with your help. Vin is a young, smart, progressive voice who has been there to support countless good democrats throughout Monmouth County and indeed across the entire state. His own race for the Assembly last year showed the energy, excitement and class that he would bring to the role as Monmouth County Chair. His election would be a watershed moment for progressives throughout the state, and a sign of great things to come in Monmouth County.
So, for anyone who has ever complained about those “mean old bosses” or “that corrupt machine” or whatever other label gets placed on our elected party leadership – there are only two places you should possibly be tonight: your own county reorganization meeting, or Monmouth County’s reorganization meeting at:
The Shore Casino, 1 Simon Lake Dr, Atlantic Highlands NJ.
* Registration begins at 6pm * Voting times from 7pm – 9pm
If you are a Monmouth County Committee Member, I urge you to vote for Vin Gopal for Chair tonight. But, you don’t need to live in Monmouth to help – Vin’s campaign needs phonebankers, drivers, challengers, organizers and more for what will be a hard-fought election tonight. Please do what you can to help a rising star among New Jersey’s progressive democrats, and a good friend of (and occasional contributor to) Blue Jersey.