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Morristown's Dougherty Eyes County Dem Committee Leadership Spot

Current vice-chairwoman receives endorsement from statewide organization.

Mary Dougherty. Patch File Photo.
Mary Dougherty. Patch File Photo.

Chairman could become Chairwoman for Morris County Democrats this year.

That’s because Mary Dougherty, the current Morris County Democratic Committee vice chairwoman is looking to become the group’s first-ever female leader.

As Primary Election season marches toward the June 3 vote, Dougherty – whose husband, Tim, is Morristown’s mayor – is looking to fill the seat being left vacant by current chairman Lew Candura, who has decided not to run for re-election.

Dougherty has served as the Morristown Democratic Committee chairwoman for the past eight years.

Despite her experience, Dougherty isn’t shying away from any political endorsements. The Democratic Task Force of the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey announced Tuesday it was supporting Dougherty in her bid for the leadership role.

“Women make up over half of the population of New Jersey, yet only one female serves as leader among the 21 Democratic county committees,” said Lisa Chapland, co-chairwoman of the Democratic Task Force in a statement. “It’s time to break the glass ceiling in county leadership, particularly in Morris County."

Peg Schaffer of Somerset County and Elizabeth Muoio of Mercer County are the only female Democratic Committee chairs in the state.

“I became interested in public service to make a difference in the community,” said Dougherty in the statement. “I hope to bring a new energy and more excitement to all of the 39 municipalities in Morris County and make certain that all committee voices are heard.”

Editor's Note: A previous version of this article stated only one woman in New Jersey was head of her respective county's Democratic Committee.

Ronald Kimbrough April 16, 2014 at 07:13 PM
Morris County Democratic Committee needs strong leadership male or female
Aladdin Sarsippius Sulemenagic Jackson III April 17, 2014 at 12:09 AM
When I think about the Morris County Democratic Committee, I am reminded of the Washington Generals. One day they'll actually win something. Hope she can turn it around.
Al Baron April 17, 2014 at 01:32 PM
Is a background check required ?
Judith Woop April 27, 2014 at 10:48 PM
Mary Dougherty has been Vice Chair for the past eight years and has worked with the Morris County Dems for more than a decade. Her experience at the local and state level has demonstrated her long term commitment to building a stronger Democratic base in Morris County. She has worked to support women candidates and encouraged women to become involved in political training and developed a base for Morris women in business. She is the energy and experience we need to lead democrats in Morris County.

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