Chairman and Officers

The enthusiasm and activism we've seen in Morris County since the 2016 Presidential election has been unparalleled.  Harnessing this talent, energy, and commitment to turn Morris County blue is the mission of our experienced, strategically-minded team.

- Chairman Chip Robinson

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Chris "Chip" Robinson is currently the Chairman of the Democratic Committee in Morris County. He served the county committee for 15 years as Sergeant-at-Arms, Political Director, and Executive Director. Chip has coordinated and organized thousands of volunteers in Morris County for Al Gore, John Kerry, President Obama, and hundreds of state and local level campaigns resulting in Democrats being elected for the first time since the Watergate era. Chip is an attorney at Degrado Halkovich, LLC. He graduated from Morristown High School, received a BA with Honors from Rutgers University and a JD from Seton Hall Law School. Chip grew up in Morris Township, and currently resides in Lincoln Park.


 

Vice Chair
Marianne McConnell

Marianne McConnell was a longtime resident of Randolph Township, where she ran for the Town Council and later for Freeholder.  Marianne has been involved with local politics for decades and is now a member of the NJ Democratic State Committee. She moved to Madison eight years ago and currently serves on the Madison Borough Board of Health. She graduated with honors from Rutgers University College of Nursing. She later graduated with her JD from Seton Hall’s School of Law. She has practiced law in Morris County for many years. She also was a Commissioner of the NJ Victims of Crime Compensation Board, worked in the Healthcare Facilities Evaluation and Licensing Program at the New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services and and was a Commissioner of the Morris County Board of Taxation. 


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Executive Director
Scott Carlson

A Parsippany resident, Scott Carlson has managed and assisted with political campaigns for Democratic candidates for nearly 20 years. He has managed several campaigns for local office in both Passaic and Morris Counties, and developed the ability to run large-scale campaigns on small-scale budgets. Recently, Scott formed his own law firm, Carlson Siedsma LLP. During his career, Scott has counseled clients on a wide-variety of government-related issues, including regulatory compliance, election law compliance, legislative advocacy, permitting, drafting of laws, and litigation.  


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Treasurer
Thad Kobylarz

Professionally, he is Partner and Chairman of GT Global Ventures, a startup venture capital firm focused on the alternative energy and telecommunications sectors. Here, he believes his experience in management and finance provides him with the skills needed to run a fiscally responsible budget.

With regard to education, he is a graduate of Columbia University (BS and PhD), Oxford University (LLB), and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (LLM).

 


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Secretary
John Aden

Born in Minnesota and raised in California, John Aden settled in New Jersey in 1986, where he now proudly raised his two children in Florham Park. An active member of the community and in the local Democratic Party, John Aden has run for Mayor of Florham Party twice and both times helped spread the word about the principles and policies of the Democratic Party. He also serves as Chairman of the Florham Park Democratic Committee.


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Sergeant at Arms
Heather Champagne

Heather Champagne is excited to join the board as our new Sergeant at Arms. In 2015, she ran for Roxbury Town Council, but narrowly missed defeating a 12 year incumbent by 46 votes. She has served as secretary for the Roxbury Township Democrats since 2014 and recently graduated from Emerge New Jersey, a program which trains Democratic women to run for office. Heather has a long history of service to others. She was an intern for the House International Relations Committee-Subcommittee on Economic Policy and Trade in 1997. After graduation from Drew University in 1998, Heather harnessed her Spanish speaking skills to tutor adults in English as a Second Language.  She has organized and run various fundraisers to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer and childhood hunger initiatives. She has served on the executive board of the PTA at Nixon Elementary School in Landing, including holding the position of president for the last two years.  Heather is a paralegal for Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP, where she handles complex medical malpractice and wrongful death cases on behalf of plaintiffs, and resides in the Landing section of Roxbury with her husband Craig and daughter Danielle. 


Staff

Ore Obiwumi - Political Director

Tom Jones - Data Director


 

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