There are no words to describe the loss felt this week. The entire MCDO family is absolutely devastated to learn of County Commissioner Deputy Director Ken Armwood’s sudden passing. Ken was the future of our Party — a thoughtful leader, an empathetic colleague and one of the kindest, most decent people, who was utterly committed to public service. He was a dear friend to everyone he met. In both his political and professional life, he constantly worked to improve the lives of the underserved, especially the many young men and women who benefitted from his counsel. His passing leaves a gaping hole that will not soon be filled.

He once told a group of rising high school seniors, “if you don’t make this world what you want it to be, someone else will make it what they want it to be.” This is the kind of man he was. He devoted his life to encourage young people to become more civically engaged and has mentored hundreds of young men and women throughout his career. Armwood’s smile and energy was felt everywhere he went, and his conviction for the betterment of his neighbors has inspired countless across the state. We encourage everyone to read more about County Commissioner Deputy Director Ken Armwood’s life and to share you favorite Kenny story by clicking here.

That is why, it is with great sadness that Middlesex County Democratic Organization (MCDO) shares that it has received official notice from the County Clerk’s Office declaring a vacancy on the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners this week.

Unfortunately, this requires Chairman McCabe to convene a special convention of the entire MCDO County Committee to select County Commissioner Deputy Director Kenneth Armwood’s successor. The MCDO County Committee will vote to select Deputy Director Armwood’s interim successor until a candidate is elected in the November 2 General Election; moreover, since this tragic vacancy occurred before the sixth day before the petition filing deadline, Chairman McCabe is gathering the MCDO County Committee to endorse a candidate to run under the MCDO slogan for the upcoming June 8 Primary Election. We ask that any candidates interested in participating in the convention contact our office by email ( or phone (732-906-3680)Names and bios for candidates seeking the MCDO’s endorsement will be listed at the bottom of this website as it is received by the MCDO.

The special virtual convention will occur on Monday, April 5, beginning at 6:00 PM. The system used for the various conventions over the last year will be used to conduct this special virtual convention, and only duly recognized members of the MCDO County Committee will be eligible to vote to select an interim successor and endorse a candidate for the upcoming June Primary.

Contact our office immediately if you would like to update your contact information before Monday’s special convention. 


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