Welcome to the Morris Township Democratic Committee’s website! MTDC is an active community of volunteers. Our goal is to boost awareness of and involvement in government at all levels, particularly at the municipal level in beautiful Morris Township, New Jersey.
We’re very proud of the progress we’ve made over the last few years in Morris Township. A majority of the governing five-person Township Committee now consists of Democrats elected in the past two election cycles. Mayor Jeff Grayzel, Deputy Mayor Cathy Wilson, and Committeemen John Arvanites and Mark Gyorfy are delivering on their promises to dramatically improve the transparency and responsiveness of local government, make the Township’s infrastructure work for every neighborhood, and curb out-of-control development, all while maintaining service levels and keeping taxes low. I urge all residents to attend Township Committee meetings, or to view the videos of the meetings online (an innovation of the new majority!), and watch our local government in action. I think you’ll be impressed.
Meanwhile, MTDC is gearing up for the 2019 general election. This race may not have the “pizzazz” of some others – we won’t be voting for President or for U.S. Congress – but it’s crucially important nevertheless.
In Morris Township we have an enthusiastic candidate, Bud Ravitz, who’ll be invaluable in helping the Township Committee continue its innovations. At the county level, the Democratic Party is fielding three Freeholder candidates --- Cary Amaro, Cara Parmigiani, and Dave Timpanaro -- who will greatly improve the diversity of the Freeholder board and bring important new perspectives. Our candidates for Sheriff, Bill Schievella, and for Surrogate, Michael Thompson, will bring tremendous experience and much-needed compassion to their jobs. (Please see the “P.S.” below for an additional comment about the Surrogate’s race.)
Last but definitely not least, at the top of this year’s ticket are our outstanding New Jersey Assembly candidates, Dr. Lisa Bhimani and Darcy Draeger. They are both extraordinary individuals with compelling life stories. They’ll do a great job representing us in Trenton.
If you’d like to meet Bud, or any of the county candidates, or Lisa or Darcy, please let me know.
And now for the pitch – we need your help! Please encourage your friends and neighbors to vote for Bud and all the other Democratic candidates. And consider becoming an active member of the MTDC community. We welcome you to attend our monthly meetings and to learn more about how you can get involved. We can use your help in whatever areas you feel comfortable helping – canvassing door to door, making phone calls, stuffing envelopes, making a financial contribution so that our candidates can get their messages out, or even just making suggestions on how we can be more effective.
Please contact me or any member of MTDC if you’d like to be on our distribution list, or if you have any questions. Thank you!
Chair, Morris Township Democratic Committee (MTDC)
P.S. Because of my personal experience, I want to mention the importance of the Surrogate race. The Surrogate oversees wills, estates, trusts, and guardianships. When someone’s loved one dies (as my wife did in 2017), people find themselves in the county Surrogate’s office, on one of the worst days of their lives. They need to be treated sympathetically and with the highest degree of professional competence. Michael Thompson has been practicing in the highly specialized area of estate law in Morris County for over 20 years. He is meticulous and he cares deeply about his work and its impact on families. His Republican opponent is also an attorney, but has practiced mainly criminal and family (i.e. divorce) law. She’s also an outspoken supporter of Trump and of the NRA, and is poorly suited for what should be a largely nonpartisan job.
You are Invited to Our Committee Meetings
The Morris Township Democratic Committee (MTDC) welcomes all residents to join our committee and to participate in our meetings, events and programs. Morris Township consists of 23 voting districts, and the committee consists of one man and one woman from each district. Meetings are held at the Morris County Library on the fourth Tuesday of every month and are open to the public.