News About the Democrats

Cranford Democrats Surveying Voters About Congressional Seat

If you have a moment, please take our survey on support for the Five candidates running for our Congressional seat. We are asking interested voters to let us know their favorite and second favorite candidates in the field!

The survey is here.

Currently, five highly-qualified Congressional candidates are headed into the June 5 Primary Elections. All five seek the opportunity to go head to head against Republican Congressman Leonard Lance, who is running for a sixth term representing the district. Continue reading →

Cranford Dems Hold Second Congressional Forum

The Cranford Democratic Committee hosted its second Congressional Forum on Thursday, February 22 at the Cranford Community Center at 7 pm. More than 30 voters attended to hear the candidates.

Democrats heard from:

Peter Jacob, of Union Township. Jacob, a social worker, was the 2016 Democratic candidate running against Leonard Lance; and

Linda Weber, of Berkeley Heights. Ms. Weber is a bank executive and activist who has raised millions of dollars for cancer treatments and research. Continue reading →

Cranford Dems Host Congressional Candidates

More than 60 people attended Cranford’s first Congressional Candidate Forum on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the Cranford Community Center.

The audience heard four of the six (then seven) candidates who seek the Democratic nomination to run against Republican Leonard Lance. The forum was moderated by Brian Andrews, a vice chair of the Cranford Democrats.

The candidates in the first forum were:

“We are fortunate to have a remarkable, accomplished group of Democrats eager to take on Leonard Lance and the Trump Agenda, and this was a great opportunity for people to get to know some of these candidates,” said Cranford Democratic Chairman John Salerno. “Cranford Democrats will be out in force making sure the 7th Congressional District is represented by a progressive Democratic member of Congress.”

Cranford is the 8th largest town (by voter registration) in the 7th Congressional District. The district includes 75 municipalities in six counties. It stretches across New Jersey from Clark in the east to the Delaware River in the west.

The next forum will feature Peter Jacob, of Union and Linda Weber of Berkeley Heights. It will be held on Feb. 22 at 7 pm also at the Community Center.

Meet the Congressional Candidates!

The Cranford Democrats will be hosting the seven Democratic candidates competing to take on Republican Congressman Leonard Lance at two “Meet and Greet” events at the Cranford Community Center at 220 Walnut Avenue.

On Tuesday, February 6, the Democrats will host Democrats Goutam Jois, of Summit; Tom Malinowski, of Rocky Hill; Cranford resident David Pringle and Scott Salmon of Scotch Plains. The event will be held at 7 pm.

Two weeks later, on Thursday, February 22, the Cranford Democrats will host Peter Jacob, of Union; Lisa Mandelblatt, of Westfield and Berkeley Heights resident Linda Weber. The event will be held at the same time and location. Continue reading →

Cranford Township Committee Reorganizes

The Township of Cranford will hold its 2018 Reorganization meeting on Tuesday, January 2 at 7 pm at the Cranford Municipal Building. Democrats now hold a 4-1 majority on the committee for the first time in four decades.

Commissioner Tom Hannen will serve second consecutive term as Mayor of the Township Committee and Commissioner Ann Dooley will serve as Deputy Mayor.

Following a Democratic victory in November, Commissioner Patrick Giblin and Commissioner-Elect Jean Maisonneuve will be sworn in to three year terms on the Township Committee, ending in 2020.

In 2017, the Township Committee brought in a full-time Township Engineer, developed an affordable housing plan to protect the Township from overdevelopment and set forth an aggressive road resurfacing program.

In the coming year, the Township Committee plans to spur redevelopment in the downtown’s northside and tackle long overdue flood mitigation infrastructure projects.