Chairman John Currie
Born in North Carolina, John Currie has been a distinguished resident of Passaic County for many years. He is a proud graduate of the Paterson School System. A graduate of Central High School, Currie attended Rutgers University where he pursued studies in Business Administration.
John Currie is in his 19th year as the Chairman of the Passaic County Democratic Party, elected in 1990. He is the second ever African-American to hold the position of County Chairman in the State of New Jersey, the first to do so in Passaic County. He accepted this challenge when 7 Republicans controlled the Passaic County Freeholder Board. Under John Currie’s diligent leadership, he has since turned it around to a 7-0 Democratic Freeholder Board in 2005 taking total control of the County. He is responsible for having elected the first minority to the Board in 1996 and the first Hispanic in 2000. He has made great strides in Passaic County with having the first African-American Female Freeholder Director in 2004 and the first female African-American County Clerk in 2005. To his credit, Mr. Currie has led the campaign to elect the first Democratic Sheriff in 50 years in 2001. Throughout Passaic County, he has helped to elect Democratic Mayors and Council Members with Democratic majorities in several Municipalities.
Mr. Currie has served the New Jersey Democratic State Committee as a Deputy Vice-Chair since 1995. In 2008, Mr. Currie was selected to be on the National Platform Committee, for the Democratic National Convention, in Denver. Mr. Currie was one of three individuals from New Jersey invited to be on this selective committee. Additionally, less than 175 people, nationwide, are only requested to be a part of this integral decision-making process.
John Currie was elected to the Paterson Branch NAACP Board from 1996 to 2004. During his tenure, he served as first Vice-President from 1998 thru 2001. He has served on the United Way of Passaic and Bergen County for many years.
In 1996, John Currie spear headed the fight and was the main plaintiff in a Federal Court battle, which ultimately allowed all New Jerseyans the opportunity to vote by provisional ballot. Mr. Currie was appointed to serve as a Commissioner on the Board of Elections in 1998 by Governor Whitman, he is the first African-American in Passaic County to serve in this capacity. Mr. Currie serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Passaic Clifton YMCA, United Way of Passaic Valley, as a Commissioner on the Paterson Board of Recreation, an Executive Board Member of the Salvio Association of St. Gerard’s Church, President of Eastside/Central/Kennedy High Schools Alumni Association, a Past Member of the Paterson Jaycees and as Vice President of the Paterson Chapter of the NAACP.
John Currie has been employed by Hawthorne Chevrolet for more than thirty years, serving currently as Corvette Manager. He was the only African-American Director of a private motor vehicle agency in the State of New Jersey- serving in Rahway from 1992 through 1995. He has received numerous awards for achievements for his numerous community and civic activities throughout the years but the most momentous achievement was being inducted into the Central-Kennedy High School Football Hall of Fame for his outstanding record during his High School years. John Currie is married to Iris DeLuc-Currie. They have three sons and three grandchildren.