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Assemblyman Ronald Dancer. (Photo: Assembly Minority Office).

No independents file for special legislative elections

By David Wildstein, September 06 2022 6:26 pm

No independent candidates have filed to run in November special elections for State Senate and Assembly.  The deadline was 4 PM today.

Neither party has selected candidates to fill the unexpired term of State Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Newark).  Rice resigned from the Senate last week for health reasons, ending a political career that included nearly 36 years in Trenton.

The leading Democratic candidate is Irvington Council President Renee Burgess.

In the 12th district, the special election will fill the unexpired term of Assemblyman Ronald Dancer (R-Plumsted), who died in July.

Republicans selected Jackson Council Vice President Alex Sauickie to fill the seat on an interim basis and to run as their candidate for the unexpired term.

Democrats are expected to run Kemani Scott, a 21-year-old Rutgers University junior, against Sauickie in the very red district.

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