By two votes, Walt Garvin was elected Northampton County's Democratic party chair on June 17. His opponent, Michael Laws, had three proxies from other committeemen, but those votes were never cast. State by-laws provide that only other Democrats from that district can cast a proxy.
Although it certainly appeared to me that an effort was made to be fair, the state committee has still refused to certify Garvin. Like his predecessor Joe Long, Garvin's election was illegal because secret ballots were used. State bosses prohibit that because they're afraid we'll just do what we do in other elections, and vote several times.
So this election will be repeated on Wednesday, July 7, 7:30 PM, at the Northampton County Courthouse, Courtroom #1. Here's how Michael Laws explains it.
"We lost a close race by 2 votes based on a technicality because 3 of our proxy's technically didn't conform to county bylaws
"But we discovered something late that night and then verified it on June 18th that was a another technicality . We discovered a directive specifically directed to county reorganization meetings, that simply stated, that the secret ballot process was unacceptable on all levels in the Democratic Party according to a memo from TJ Rooney dated April 29. So Anne (State Committee member) and Larry Lauritzen contacted State Committee and proactively brought it to the attention of Walt Garvin and Fadia Halma at the State Committee on Sat 19th. When Fadia bought it to Joe Long's attention and it was further backed up by the State Committee’s Parliamentarian, Joe decided to re launch a new reorganization meeting. I did all that to say this. There will be a new election next week on Wed at 6:30 at the court house. Please come and vote again. There is a rumor that they even sent out the proxies, so we have a new opportunity to win this election and continue to focus on the goal of reelecting, rebuilding and making Northampton County Democratic Party the premier Party in the State.
"This is our passport to the future."
A letter from the local party confirms that there will be a do over on July 7. The letter does include a proxy.
Joe Long and Walt Garvin sycophant Charles "don't call be Charlie" Dertinger presided over the last election. I've been told that state Rep. Bob Freeman, a person acceptable both to Laws and Garvin, will have the honors on July 7.