Monmouth County Democrats have selected Matawan-Aberdeen Board of Education president Allison Friedman and Holmdel attorney Barbara Singer to run for State Assembly in the 13th district against freshman Serena DiMaso (R-Holmdel) and her running mate, Monmouth County freeholder Gerald Scharfenberger.
Friedman received 42 votes and Singer won 41, defeating Jenna “Yeana” Sager, a court-appointed special advocate from Middletown by 8 votes.
Hazlet businesswoman Lucille LoSapio finished fourth with 10 votes.
Singer lost bids for the Holmdel township committee in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Scharfenberger, a former Middletown mayor, is giving up his freeholder seat to run for assemblyman following the retirement of seven-term incumbent Amy Handlin (R-Middletown).
While the registration numbers give Republicans just a slight voter registration edge (+2,362), Democrats have not won the 13th district assembly seats since 1983. Donald Trump carried the district with 57% of the vote in the 2016 presidential election.
The district includes the Monmouth County municipalities of Aberdeen , Atlantic Highlands, Fair Haven, Hazlet, Highlands, Holmdel, Keansburg, Keyport, Little Silver, Marlboro, Middletown, Monmouth Beach, Oceanport, Rumson, Sea Bright and Union Beach.