Mike Suleiman and Keith Davis were re-elected Tuesday night as chairmen of the Atlantic County Democratic and Republican committees, respectively.
Suleiman, who at 27 years old is the youngest county chairman for either party in New Jersey, defeated challenger Gail Merlino Biel by a vote of 163-26. Davis ran unopposed and won unanimously.
The term of chair for each party is two years.
“I’m thankful to be serving another term as chairman of the Atlantic County Democrats,” Suleiman said. “We’ve definitely seen a huge increase in interest across the Democratic Party since the election of (President Donald Trump), and we need to make sure that resonates at the local level.”
Suleiman told the crowd of more than 200 Democrats at the Vaikunth Hindu Jain Temple in Egg Harbor City there is no reason Democrats cannot take control of the Atlantic County freeholder board this year as well as several town councils throughout the county.
After the reorganization, Biel called the election a “travesty of democracy,” saying her running mate for vice chair, Atlantic City Councilman Mo Delgado, did not get a fair shot to be elected.
The bylaws under the state of New Jersey and the Atlantic County Democrats state the vice chair of a county committee must be of the opposite sex of the chairperson. This made Delgado ineligible to be vice chairman.
Davis, meanwhile, said the Republicans are well-coordinated and ready to defend their majorities around the county as well as the congressional seat that will be vacated by outgoing U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo.
Republicans also honored outgoing Egg Harbor Township Mayor James “Sonny” McCullough for his service to the party. McCullough will retire after his term expires this year.