Joe Caliendo is stepping down as chairman of the Middletown Democratic Party after 25 years. He will continue to serve on the County Committee and as Sergeant-At-Arms of the county organization.
Caliendo was reelected as the Middletown Democratic leader on June 5. He was an instrumental supporter of Vin Gopal’s landslide victory as Monmouth County Democratic Chairman. His resignation is effective upon the election of a new Chair.
The Democrat’s Executive Committee will hold a special election on July 18th.
Port Monmouth resident Don Watson, President of the Democratic Social Club and Sergeant-At-Arms of the local committee has announced his candidacy. Watson will likely be the only candidate.
Former School Board Member Lenny Inzerillo, a past candidate for Assembly, Freeholder and State Senate, told MMM that he had been approached to run for Chairman but was not likely to run. “Why rock the boat?” Inzerillo said.
Former Township Committee Member Sean Byrnes said Watson “is a hard worker and will probably do a good job.”