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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.

Thanks nj.com!

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.

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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!

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.