A borough of Morris County, New Jersey, Madison is known as the Rose City as it once had extensive greenhouses serving the cut flower trade. Today, the Rose City is still blooming and home to over 16,000 people, two universities – Drew and Fairleigh Dickinson – and a thriving central business district. The borough government consists of a directly elected mayor, who serves a four-year term, and a borough council, whose members are elected to serve three-year terms of office, with two seats elected each year.
Madison is a diverse community with a significant Democratic presence in local government. With the election of November 2011, The Mayor, Bob Conley, and one of the six members of the Borough Council, Carmela Vitale, are Democrats. The Madison Democratic Committee consists of as many as 28 members: one man and one woman for each of the 14 voting districts in the borough. (Click here for a map of the Madison voting districts.) The Committee members are elected every 2 years during the primary elections, and vacancies can be filled by a vote of the existing members of the Committee. Committee is responsible for selecting candidates who will run on the Regular Democratic Party line in primary elections.