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LD16 Assembly candidate Mitchelle Drulis at the 2023 Mercer County Democratic convention. (Photo: Joey Fox for the New Jersey Globe).

Drulis gets endorsement of Somerset Democratic chair

Ex-Malinowski staffer has clear path to Democratic Assembly nomination in 16th district

By David Wildstein, March 08 2023 4:38 pm

Mitchelle Drulis has won the endorsement of Somerset County Democratic Chairman Peg Schaffer, effectively ending any speculation that there would be a last-minute candidate to block her ascent to the Democratic nomination for State Assembly in the 16th district.

Drulis, a former district director to Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) and chief of staff Joe Egan (D-New Brunswick), has already won organization lines in Hunterdon and Mercer counties and is unopposed in Middlesex.

The incumbent, Assemblywoman Sadaf Jaffer (D-Montgomery), unexpectedly announced in January that she would not seek re-election to a second term.

“It is encouraging to see such a depth of talent within the district giving us a strong bench for future county and district elections,” said Schaffer.

Drulis is set to run with State Sen. Andrew Zwicker (D-South Brunswick) and Assemblyman Roy Freiman (D-Hillsborough).

If she wins the general election, Drulis would become the first Democratic assemblywoman from Hunterdon County since Barbara McConnell (D-Flemington) left after two terms to run for governor in 1981.

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