Five more candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives filed their petitions, bringing the total officially running in the June 2 primary to 12.
Former public school teacher Amy Kennedy is the first to file in a hotly-contested Democratic primary in the second congressional district, where six Democrats are vying for the opportunity to challenge Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis).
Political science professor Brigid Harrison, former U.S. Sen. Cory Booker staffer Will Cunningham, West Cape May Commissioner John Francis III, perennial candidate Frederick John LaVergne and retired FBI agent Robert Turkavage are seeking the Democratic nod but have not yet filed their nominating petitions.
Kennedy submitted her petitions with 1.100 signatures.
Candidates can add additional signatures until the March 30 filing deadline, though they’ll have to do so electronically.
That deadline likely won’t change. Signature thresholds are also expected to remain the same.
In the eighth legislative district, a surprise candidate is mounting a primary against Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York).
Will Sheehan is the only candidate that has filed in the eighth congressional district. He’s running under the slogan “battle tested, mission ready.”
Alp Basarn is the second candidate to file in the ninth congressional district.
The Democrat submitted his petitions with 383 signatures to launch his primary challenge to Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson).
Bergen County Young Republican Timothy Walsh, one of two Republicans seeking to nod to challenge Pascrell this year, had already filed.
Another surprise candidate, Raafat Barsoom, filed for the seventh congressional district’s Republican primary.
Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, the GOP frontrunner, and Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill) have already handed in their petitions.
His 210 signatures make his petitions vulnerable to a challenge, though he has time to file more.
John Flora, a Democrat seeking to oust Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-Newark), filed his petitions with 277 signatures.
This story was updated on March 24 at 8:59 AM to reflect addition signatures added to Kennedy’s petitions.