The Chairman

We need to be doing so much more than we've been doing to turn Morris County blue.  I believe that with my background and the experienced, strategically-minded team we have put together, this is possible.

- Chairman Chip Robinson

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  • Currently Chairman of the Democratic Party in Morris County.

  • Served the county committee for 15 years as Sergeant-at-Arms, Political Director and Executive Director.

  • Coordinated and organized thousands of volunteers in Morris County for Al Gore, John Kerry, President Obama, and hundreds of state and local level campaigns.

  • Organized campaigns with thousands of volunteers resulting in Democrats being elected in Morris County in some places 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 is a longtime resident of Madison.  She graduated with her JD from Seton Hall’s School of Law and has practiced law in Morris County for decades.
  • Marianne has been involved with local politics for decades. She was on the Board of Taxation, the New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services and the NJ Victims of Crime Compensation Board. She is currently on the Madison Borough Board of Health and Legal Services of Northwest Jersey.

Scott Carlson - Executive Director

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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.  

Thad Kobylarz - Treasurer

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).

 John Aden - Secretary

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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.

Heather Champagne - Sergeant at Arms

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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

Matt Clarkin - Political Director

Tom Jones - Data Director

 


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