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Democratic congressional candidate Stephanie Schmid. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Schmid wins Ocean Democratic line in close vote

By David Wildstein, March 29 2020 3:24 pm

Former U.S. Department of State official Stephanie Schmid narrowly won the Democratic organization line in Ocean County in her bid to challenge Rep. Christopher Smith in New Jersey’s 4th district.

Schmid defeated former United Nations staffer Christine Conforti by a 52%-46.7 margin, with David Applefield receiving 1.3%.

Conforti won the Mercer County Democratic convention earlier this month, but will share the organization column with Schmid, who passed the 40% threshold.

Ocean County made up 21% of the total votes cast in the 2018 Democratic congressional primary.  Josh Welle, who had the organization line, won Ocean by a 57%-43% margin over Jim Keady.

Monmouth County’s all-VBM convention results should be announced early this week.  Monmouth represented 64% of the votes cast in the 2018 primary.

“I am incredibly grateful to have the support of Democratic leaders in Ocean County, and I am humbled that they have put their trust in me to represent our party in this race,” Schmid said. “Our community members throughout NJ-04 are ready for a change in leadership and I am dedicated to working with leaders and grassroots advocates across our district to ensure a democratic victory in November, electing a Congresswoman who will fight for our families.”

This story was updated at 5:11 PM with comment from Schmid. 

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