Schaffer elected new Dem chair in Somerset

MANVILLE – In a contest for Somerset County Democratic Party chair, Peg Schaffer of Bedminister prevailed over former county freeholder Michael Ceponis at the VFW Hall tonight.

The pair had matched up after Rebecca Perkins of Warren dropped out and endorsed Ceponis.

Schaffer, who won 185 votes to Ceponis's 132 on first ballot,had receivedthe support of retiring chair Elia Pelios. Perkins received five votes.

Zenon Christodolou was elected vice-chair.

Schaffer and Christodolouare both members of "The Group," the fund raising committee for Hillary Clinton.

Schaffer elected new Dem chair in Somerset