Joseph Vas, who won just 39% of the vote last month in his bid for re-election to a sixth term as Mayor of Perth Amboy, was elected Democratic Municipal Chairman last night. Vas, a two-term Assemblyman, defeated Jim Nanton, 35-6. Ray Geneske, the longtime Democratic Chairman and a staunch Vas ally, did not seek re-election.
Vas' victory will make him more competitive as he seeks re-election to the Assembly in 2009. There has been considerable talk that Diaz and other Middlesex County Democrats might work together to oust Vas. South Amboy Mayor Jack O'Leary and Carteret Mayor Dan Reiman are on the list of potential candidates to challenge Vas for the Democratic nomination.
Wilda Diaz takes office as the new Mayor on July 1.