Party County Committee

Two parties qualify for political party recognition by the State of New Jersey and hold statewide Primary Elections — the Democratic and Republican parties. Each holds a primary election in June, the purpose of which is to elect candidates who will represent their respective party in the November General Election.

The primary elections are also used to elect members of each parties’ state and local committees.

State Committees

Every four years, voters elect two Sussex County candidates from both the Democratic and Republican parties to represent their respective party at the state level — these partisan representatives are called State Committee members.

The members of State Committee of each political party are elected at the primary election of the year in which a Governor is to be elected. The term of a State Committee member is four years. The members of each political party are elected to represent Sussex County at the State level. The State Committee members elected at the June 2021 Primary are: Republican State Committee members Jill Space and William Hayden; and Democratic State Committee members Michele Van Allen and Anthony Riccardi. The next election for State Committee members takes place in 2025.

Municipal / County Committee

County committee members work together to advance the ideals of their party on the local level. They also have a voice in recommending the candidates who will represent their party. When a municipality’s governing body has a vacancy, that town’s county committee membership is instrumental in filling the vacancy.

Sussex County’s Democratic and Republican county committee members are elected every four years. Both parties hold their elections in odd-numbered years, but not in the same year. The Republican County Committee will hold elections in 2025, whereas the Democratic County Committee will hold its next elections in 2027. The county committee members are grouped by party (Republican & Democratic) and by municipality. The members of the municipal committees of political parties must reside in the district which they will respectively represent (there are 119 districts in Sussex County; each district has two members elected to represent the district). Each party’s county committee determines, by its bylaws, the districts into which the county shall be divided for the purpose of representation in the county committee.

Republican County Committee Bylaws
Democratic County Committee Bylaws

For more detailed information about party county committees and how they are governed under New Jersey law, we suggest the following statutes:  N.J.S.A. 19:5-2; N.J.S.A. 19:5-3; N.J.S.A. 19:13-20.

Link to Sussex County Democratic Committee website.
Link to Sussex County Republican Committee website.

Useful information for current members/municipal chairs: 

  • The members of the county committee of each of the political parties shall take office by the third Saturday following the certification of the results of their election, on which day the terms of all members of such committees theretofore shall terminate.
  • The annual meeting of each municipal committee shall be held by the third Saturday following the certification of the results of the primary election.
  • When a member of a county committee ceases to be a resident of the district from which elected, a vacancy on the county committee results — to be filled by the respective municipal committee’s remaining members.
  • County committee members may resign upon written notification to their municipal chair (notarized signature required); the respective county chair then has a continuing duty to update the County Clerk of any vacancies and/or positions filled.
  • The term of county committee membership is determined by the committee’s bylaws.
  • In Sussex County, elections for Democratic & Republican County Committee membership are currently staggered and held in odd-numbered years, e.g., 2025 (R), 2027 (D), 2029 (R).

Information and petition to run as candidate for Party County Committee

Petition to run as candidate for State Committee

Current list of Republican County Committee members

Current list of Democratic County Committee members