Straten’s Leadership Message of Thanks; Heralding Murray Stearns & Michael Byrne

Susan Straten

Susan Straten, Montclair’s Republican County Committee Chair

Dear Montclair Republicans:

I would like to add my thank you to John Van Wagner’s most eloquent comments.  We, Montclair Republicans, certainly did ourselves proud in our grassroots support of Steve Lonegan.  Although he didn’t prevail, the results were amazing.  I want to personally thank all the county committee people who made phone calls to the people in their districts, and everyone who came out to our fundraiser in the summer and the “Get Out the Vote” party just before the election.

We are also very proud of Michael Byrne, who ran Lonegan’s campaign.  What a strong achievement!  With the momentum that the campaign had in the in the final few weeks, it could have completely caught up had they had a few more weeks to campaign.  We will be hearing more about Michael in the years to come.

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing this past weekend of Murray Stearns, President Emeritus of the Montclair Republican Club. Murray was President of the Montclair Republican Club for over 30 years, until the time John Van Wagner took up the reins. More recent members of the club will remember Murray leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance and adding his dry wit at our meetings.  Murray will be missed.

A memorial service will be held for Murray tomorrow, Wed, October 23rd at 11:00 am at St Luke’s Church on South Fullerton Avenue. 

Susan Straten



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