Former Navy helicopter pilot Mikie Sherrill won 91% of the vote at the Sussex County Democratic convention today, giving her the endorsements of all four county organizations in her bid for the Democratic nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district.
Sherill defeated Tamara Harris by a vote of 106-10, with Mitchell Colbert receiving one vote and none for Marsh Washburne. All four candidates attended the convention.
Sussex Democrats still don’t have any candidates for two seats on the Board of Freeholders. The filing deadline is Monday, although candidates can still be nominated as write-in candidates in the June primary. Last year, Democrat Daniel Perez won 41% of the vote in his freeholder race — a substantially better showing than previous years. Sussex Democrats have not won a freeholder race since Howard Burrell in 1999.
Sussex Republicans expect a bruising freeholder primary.
Bill Hart was selected as the Democratic candidate for Surrogate against Republican incumbent Gary Chiusano.
U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and Rep. Josh Gottheimer were also endorsed by the Sussex GOP. Menendez won by an overwhelming majority, according to Sussex County Democratic spokesperson Sally Goodson. His primary opponent, Mitchell Horn, was in attendance.
Gottheimer praised the Sussex Democrats for their highest turnout ever at a local convention,
“The turnout today is indicative of district-wide interest in the upcoming November General Election,” Gottheimer said.