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Three special election conventions likely in January

Races for Senate, Assembly in LD-1; Freeholder vacancy in Burlington

By David Wildstein, December 28 2018 9:50 am

New Jersey will start the year with a series of vacancies and special elections.

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis) is expected to resign from the State Senate on Monday.  He will be sworn in as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday.

Democrats from the 1st district, which includes Cape May, most of Cumberland, and a few small towns in Atlantic, will hold a special election convention in January to replace Van Drew.  The leading candidate for the Senate seat is Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak (D-Middle).

Assuming Andrzejczak is heading to the Senate, Democrats will hold another special election convention to fill the open State Assembly seat.

The leading candidate to replace Andrzejczak is former Assemblyman Matthew Milam (D-Vineland).

Andrzejczak would need to run in a November 2019 special election for the 38 months remaining in Van Drew’s term.  The Assembly seats would be up anyway.

Burlington County Democrats will meet in January to select a new freeholder.  George Youngkin was elected in November, despite suspending his campaign in September after the Burlington County Times disclosed that he was arrested in 2006 on domestic violence charges.

Youngkin will take the oath of office and then resign.  Burlington Democrats will meet in January to pick a new freeholder, who will need to run in a November 2019 special election for the remaining 26 months of Youngkin’s term.

Some municipalities will also need to replace local officials in Somerset, Sussex and Warren counties who are resigning following their elections as freeholder.

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