Somerset County Democrats have named James Corti, a 24-year-old political operative who has already managed two races and worked in three states, as their new executive director.
Democrats are looking to take control of the Somerset county government for the first time since 1964. They won a county clerk race in 2017 and two freeholder seats in 2018.
Corti is a Sussex County native who spent the 2018 cycle working for Democrats in Rhode Island, where Gov, Gina Raimondo won re-election. The towns under his responsibility performed 13.5 percentage points higher for Raimondo than they did in 2014.
After graduating from Dickinson College in 2017, he managed Jennifer Hamilton’s campaign against State Sen. Steven Oroho (R-Franklin) in the 24th district — the most Republican district in the state. He also sought a seat on the Hardyston Borough Council and lost by 367 votes in a solidly Republican town.
Longtime Republican freeholder Patricia Walsh said last week that she would seek re-election. Democrats need to unseat her to take control.
Also up for grabs is a race for Sheriff, where incumbent Frank Provenzano barely won in 2016.