MADISON – Sunday, September 19 was a beautiful fall day in Madison. It was a perfect afternoon for a picnic, as Councilwoman Debra Coen of Hoyt Street and Board of Health President Eric Range Belleau Avenue officially kicked-off their 2021 general election campaign for seats on the Madison Borough Council. Enthusiastic campaign supporters were joined by Mayor Bob Conley, Councilman John Hoover, Councilwoman Rachel Ehrlich, Deputy Speaker of the New Jersey Assembly Mila Jasey, Assemblyman John McKeon, and Morris County Democratic Committee Chairman (MCDC) Chip Robinson.
As it has since 2012, the party’s kick-off picnic was held at the Ridgedale Avenue home of former MCDC Vice Chair Marianne McConnell.
In his opening remarks, Mayor Conley reminded the gathered crowd that although Coen and Range were running unopposed in November, it was still very important that everyone votes in November. Our fine governor, Philip Murphy, is running for re-election as are our representatives in the 27th legislative districtState Senator and former Governor Richard Codey, Deputy Speaker Jasey, and Assemblyman McKeon. The mayor noted that Codey, Jasey and McKeon have all been great friends of Madison. They have helped bring Green Acres money to Madison and they support issues that are important to Madison voters like education, mental health, housing, and the environment.
Chairman Robinson echoed the mayor’s words, adding that Democratic candidates have been coming ever closer each year to winning seats on the Morris County Commission. He emphasized that “finally making this victory happen in 2021 will require that the Democratic candidates for the Morris County Commission: T. C. McCourt of Dover, A. J. Oliver of Morristown, and Dina Mikulka of Mine Hill all win healthy pluralities in towns like Madison.”
Coen and Range thanked everyone for their support and look forward to working together on the Borough Council, just as they did serving together on the Board of Health in 2019 & 2020. The candidates also invite all Madison voters to stop by the Madison Democratic Committee booth on Waverly Place on Bottle Hill Day (October 2) and ask everyone to remember to vote in November.