Chris Fifis, the Lumberton Democratic chairman, has dropped out of the race for Burlington County Democratic chairman.
Fifis has endorsed Gary Haman, the Riverside municipal chairman and former state committeeman, to run in his place.
“While I am humbled by the outpouring of support for me to chair this great party, now is not the time for further intra party battles. We can’t change Burlington County unless we are united and the person to effectuate that change is clearly Gary Haman,” said Fifis in a written statement. “We will win with Haman’s leadership. He’s a voice of reason in an organization that needs one agenda — winning majorities to put taxpayers first, for a change.”
Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-Willingboro) is also running for chairman, and last night narrowly pushed through a resolution to hold a vote for an interim chairman on February 4 instead of allowing Acting Chairwoman Alice Furia to stay on until the party elects someone to a full term in June. The resolution passed 33-30.
The party is still reeling from the resignation of former chairman Rick Perr, who was a rising star in Democratic circles until a campaign finance scandal forced him out of power in August.