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Assemblyman-elect Alex Sauickie (R-Jackson). (Photo: Joey Fox for the New Jersey Globe).

Sauickie will take Assembly seat on Thursday

Democrats have no candidate to take on new GOP lawmaker in the 12th district

By David Wildstein, September 13 2022 8:43 pm

Alexander Sauickie III will be sworn in as the newest member of the New Jersey State Assembly at noon on Thursday.

Sauickie, 51,  won a special election convention last month to succeed Ronald Dancer, a 19-year Republican who died on July 23.  He defeated Plumsted councilman Dominick Cuozzo by a massive 69%-29% margin.

He was simultaneously nominated as the Republican candidate in a November special election to fill the remainder of Dancer’s term.

Sauickie could wind up unopposed in the heavily Republican 12th district, which runs from Old Bridge in Middlesex County through parts of Monmouth and Ocean to four small municipalities in Burlington.  The elongated legislative district

The deadline for Democrats to pick a candidate is Thursday at 4 PM, but they still don’t have a candidate after Kemani Scott, a 21-year-old Rutgers junior, unexpectedly dropped out of the race.  It might be an uphill battle to find a candidate and get a quorum for a county committee meeting by the deadline.

No independents have filed.

Sauickie is giving up his seat on the Jackson Township Council to move to the legislature.  His term is up this year and he resigned on August 22.

In advance of his swearing in, Sauickie will take Dancer’s seats on three Assembly committees: Agriculture and Food Security; Military and Veterans’ Affairs; and Tourism, Gaming and the Arts.

State Sen.-elect Renee Burgess (D-Irvington), who was elected last week to fill the seat of Ronald Rice (D-Newark), could be sworn in as early as September 22.  Rice resigned after nearly 36 years in the Senate for health reasons.

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