Somerset County Democratic Chair Peg Schaffer has been appointed Interim Vice Chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, the organization announced today, as Vice Chair Lizette Delgado-Polanco stepped down from the position.
“Lizette Delgado-Polanco is a dear friend and has been a steadfast advocate for working families and a tremendous asset to our state party. I’m certain that she will continue to fight for progressive values,” said Chairman Currie. “I’m excited to join together with Peg Schaffer and bring her record of success to our party, with a focus on expanding outreach to grassroots and progressive activists, training more candidates and operatives, engaging new voters, and electing Democrats throughout the state.”
Schaffer was first elected Somerset County Democratic Chair in 2008, and during that time, Democrats have won numerous seats on the local, county, state and federal levels. Chairwoman Schaffer helped elect the County’s first Democratic Freeholders in decades and the County’s first Democratic Clerk, flipped control of several key municipalities, including Montgomery and South Boundbrook, elected Democrats in several towns that had never had Democratic representation, and was instrumental in organizing support for Congressman Tom Malinowski’s victory last year as well as wins in the State Legislature by Assembly members Andrew Zwicker, Roy Freiman, Joseph Danielson, Joseph Egan and more.
“Peg Schaffer is one of the Democratic Party’s transformational leaders, and her record of success in Somerset County building an organization that has picked up numerous victories speaks volumes about her abilities,” said Governor Murphy. “I know that