News About the Democrats

2019 Primary Elections

Cranford’s Democratic voters chose Mayor Tom Hannen for re-election, former Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski for Congress, the Union County Freeholder slate and (narrowly!) Senator Robert Menendez when they went to the polls on June 5.

Democrats out-voted Republicans more than 2:1 in this year’s primary election. Mayor Tom Hannen was the top vote-getter, with 1,387 votes.

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In the competitive race for US House of Representatives, Malinowski took 1,054 votes, seriously outperforming his opponents Peter Jacob, who had 331 votes, and Goutem Jois, with 162 votes. This roughly followed across the 7th District, handing Malinowski the Democratic nomination. He now goes up against incumbent Rep. Leonard Lance.

Rahway blogger Lisa McCormick, whose campaign mainly consisted of frequent fundraising emails, gave Senator Robert Menendez a serious run in Cranford. He won here, but by an uncomfortably narrow 13-vote margin, 790 – 777. Senator Menendez won statewide.

Union County’s Democratic Freeholder candidates, Freeholder Alexander Mirabella, Councilwoman Andrea Staten and Kim Mouded, beat their challengers by a 4:1 margin in Cranford, and almost as strongly county-wide.

Now it’s off to the races for Cranford Democrats as we fight for our Democratic Majority in town and in Union County, and for a Democratic House and Senate!

Democrats March in Memorial Day Parade

Cranford Democrats marched in Cranford’s Memorial Day Parade on Monday alongside Congressional candidate Tom Malinowski. Cranford was blessed with clear weather for the parade and thousands of residents turned out to march or watch.

Thanks to everyone who came out and helped us show our appreciation to the men and women who serve and have served our country in the armed forces, and to remember to 86 servicemen from Cranford who made the ultimate sacrifice for their nation.

US Army Veteran James Silkensen was Grand Marshall of the parade. As in years past, the parade went from the Community Center on Walnut Avenue to Memorial Park on Springfield Avenue.

Tom Malinowski hands out flags to young people at Memorial Park
The great group of Democrats who marched on Monday. Thanks also to the young volunteers from the Malinowski campaign!

Cheep Thrills at Lenape Park

A core group of Cranford Democrats gathered early Saturday morning, May 26, at Lenape Park for Spring bird watching. Naturalists Edward Zboyan, Betty Ann Kelly and Steve Jandoli led the group.
In all, our group saw 32 species of birds, including an osprey, orchard orioles, warbling vireo, a nesting green heron and more.
Located on Union County’s Rahway River Greenway, Lenape Park consists of wetlands, ponds, rivers, creeks, meadows and forest and is one of the largest undeveloped properties in the Rahway River watershed.
“We’re lucky to have this important wildlife area right here in Cranford,” said Cranford Democratic Chairman and wannabe naturalist, John Salerno. “There is so much amazing wildlife right here in our backyards!”

Betty Ann Kelly, Pamela Reichenberg, Robert Benz, Donna Bacich, Ed Zboyan and Steve Jandoli – not a bad turnout for 7 am!

Great Turnout at Dems Happy Hour

More than 50 people came out to support the re-election of Mayor Tom Hannen and Cranford’s Column B Team! In attendance were Deputy Mayor Ann Dooley, Commissioner Patrick Giblin, State Senator Nick Scutari, Freeholder candidates Kim Palmieri Mouded and Andrea Staten.

Our “The Winter Might Actually Be Over” Happy Hour was held Thursday, May 17 in the beer garden at Bar Americana.

Freeholder Candidates Andrea Staten and Kim Palmieri Mouded, Mayor Tom Hannen and Cranford Democrat Vicki Kelsey

“We’re excited about re-electing our Mayor (and senior Commissioner) Tom Hannen and we’re going to work hard to ensure that Cranford supports the whole Union County Column B Team,” said Democratic Chairman John Salerno.

State Senator and Union County Democratic Chairman Nick Scutari with Deputy Mayor Ann Dooley, Mayor Tom Hannen and Commissioner Patrick Giblin

The Democrats will meet again on Wednesday, May 23 at Hanson House at 7:30 pm prior to the Primary Election on Tuesday, June 5. Polls will be open from 6 am to 8 pm on election day. Voters can cast their ballots in-person six days a week at the Union County Clerk’s office in Westfield. Click here for the hours and more info about that!

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.