New Democratic leaders named in Washington Township

Lauren Petroski has a long track record of political work.

After all, she got started as soon as she could. At age 18, Petroski started working elections for local Gloucester County municipalities. And 12 years later, she’s still in the game.

Petroski, 30, along with Frank Cianci were both recently elected by the Washington Township Democratic Executive Committee to serve as Co-Chairpersons for the 2012-2014 term.

“I’m so excited to get rolling, to really concentrate on the mayor and council and getting them elected in November,” she said.

Cianci, who got involved with the group in 2006, said his partner would add something new to the Democratic Party.

“She’s a very bright individual. We’re glad to have someone on the younger side to help bring in younger people,” Cianci said.

Cianci wanted to get involved with Democratic leadership in the township, because he said the Democratic ticket would keep Washington Township on the right track.

“I want to help people in the middle class,” Cianci said. “Everybody thinks big business is the cure-all. But the middle class seems to be forgotten.”

This summer, the Democratic Executive Committee will lead the charge in helping to get incumbent Mayor Barbara Wallace and councilman Scott Newman reelected in November, along with council hopeful Michelle Martin.

“I stepped up for this position because these are hard times we’re living in, and I think it’s incredibly important that we elect people that support the middle class,” Cianci said. “The Democratic Party stands with working people and this team will work hard to earn every single vote we can.”

The group plans to hold fundraisers and is working with other local officials and groups to plan for a productive campaign season.

Cianci and Petroski are following in the footsteps of Jill McCrea, who just ended her term as chairwoman. Both newcomers said they hope to be able to continue the successful trail the prior administration leaves behind.

“Jill has been a cornerstone of this organization for a long time and I know that she will continue to work vigorously to help this party. I look forward to working with her as we move forward,” Cianci said.

The Democratic Committee also elected Vice Chairman Larry Kennie, Recording Secretary Amy Golembo, Corresponding Secretary Mark Iaconelli, Treasurer Paula Corbi and Sergeant-at-Arms Mike Sauter.

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