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Clewell enters race for 21st district Assembly seat

By David Wildstein, February 02 2021 1:07 pm

Harrison Clewell, a 25-year-old recent law school graduate, has formally entered the race for the Democratic nomination for State Assembly in the 21st district.

Clewell’s has been seeking support for months, but his formal announcement came through his campaign staff since he’s currently in training as a new U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General officer.

“Over the last year we have witnessed a pandemic that has run rampant in our communities- not only affecting the health of our neighbors but also taking an enormous toll on our small businesses,” the campaign statement said. “Small businesses are the backbone of our communities and we need leaders who will fight to support and protect them.”

The campaign charged that the incumbents, Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) and Nancy Munoz (R-Summit) have put “partisan politics over results for the 21st legislative district,” although their statement offered no examples of that and the two GOP legislators are actually among those viewed as civil and conciliatory.

Clewell has been involved as a community volunteer in New Providence and was an intern to an assemblyman from Hudson County.

“Harry is running to bring our Main Street values to State Street in Trenton,” the statement said.  He will work in a bi-partisan manner on behalf of his constituents.

Clewell is one of six Democrats seeking the two Assembly nods, along with: former Cranford Mayor Patrick Giblin; Bernards Democratic Municipal Chair Elizabeth Graner; attorney Scott Salmon, who has served as counsel to Rep. Tom Malinowski’s two congressional campaigns; National Organization of Women (NOW) New Jersey president Anjali Mehrotra, the Mountainside Democratic municipal chair; and Ileana Montes, a former director of the state Division of Women under Gov. Jon Corzine.

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