Morris Township Democrats 2020
George Quillan, MTDC Chairperson
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. After many decades of Republican control, a majority of the governing five-person Township Committee now consists of Democrats: Mayor Cathy Wilson, Deputy Mayor Jeff Grayzel, and Committeemen John Arvanites and Mark Gyorfy. The Democrats are delivering on the promises they’ve made. They have dramatically improved the transparency and responsiveness of local government, helped make the Township’s infrastructure work for every neighborhood, and curbed out-of-control development, all while maintaining service levels and keeping taxes low. I urge all residents to remotely view Township Committee meetings or to view the videos of the meetings afterward on the Township’s website or on YouTube. I think you’ll be impressed.
Meanwhile, MTDC is gearing up for the 2020 general election. This race is critical, not just here in Morris County, but literally for the future of our country as I and many others believe that Donald Trump poses an existential threat to our democracy.
In Morris Township we have a strong ticket for our Committee race: We will be working for the re-election of Cathy Wilson, the first female Democrat in Morris Township’s history to serve as mayor, and the election of Bud Ravitz, who lost last November’s race to Republican incumbent Peter Mancuso (a former mayor and long-term Committeeman), by only EIGHT votes. This was not the first time a Democrat in Morris Township lost a race by a just handful of votes. There could be no better demonstration of how important each and every vote is.
While our general election Presidential candidate isn’t conclusively determined as of this writing, we know that we have outstanding Congressional candidates in Cory Booker for U.S. Senate and Mikie Sherrill for the House. Mikie, the representative for New Jersey’s Congressional District 11, has truly distinguished herself in her first term in office in Washington. Our ticket will also include New Jersey State Senate candidate and former Morris County freeholder candidate Rupande Mehta. Darcy Draeger, a former Wall Street analyst who is now a farmer in Chester, is making her second bid to represent us in the New Jersey Assembly. 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 Cathy, Bud, Rupande or Darcy, please let me know. In this time of coronavirus, we will be doing Skype calls and answering questions via email in order to practice social distancing. We will also be conducting our monthly MTDC meetings via teleconference until further notice.
And now for the pitch – we need your help! Please encourage your friends and neighbors to vote for Cathy, Bud and all the other Democratic candidates. And consider becoming an active member of the MTDC community. We welcome you to participate in 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 (when conditions permit), 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.
No one knows yet how this fall’s race will be affected by the pandemic, but the most helpful action you can take now is to make a contribution to MTDC to help us buy lawn signs and send mailers since door-to-door canvassing may not be possible this year.
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)
You are Invited to Our Committee Meetings
The Morris Township Democratic Committee (MTDC) welcomes all residents 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. Ordinarily, our meetings are held at the Morris County Library on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. and are open to the public. In this time of COVID-19, however, our meetings will be held via teleconference until further notice.