Hunterdon County Democrats are pushing for a slot on the 16th district legislative ticket, with Flemington Council President Caitlin Giles-McCormick emerging as a strong contender for an open seat.
Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-South Brunswick) has already launched a bid for the State Senate, and his running mate, Assemblyman Roy Freiman (D-Hillsborough) has also expressed some interest in running.
Democrats are now slightly favored to pick up the Somerset-Hunterdon-Middlesex-Mercer seat following the announcement today that four-term State Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman will not seek re-election.
“No matter what, we have excellent representation with Roy and Andrew,” said Hunterdon County Democratic Chair Arlene Quinones Perez. “Considering the turnout that we’ve had, it would be important that we have somebody from Hunterdon County on the ticket.”
Four years ago, when Democrats won two Assembly seats and came within 574 votes of ousting Bateman, Hunterdon made up 26% of the total general election vote. Somerset was 45%, Middlesex was 16% and Mercer was 13%.
In 2020, voter turnout in Hunterdon County was 86%.
Giles-McCormick confirmed her interest in the Assembly seat.
“It is something I am actively considering and exploring the timeline for this decision to be made,” Giles-McCormick said. “I have not made a final decision and am seriously considering it.”
Giles-McCormick, 36, was elected to the Flemington Council in 2017. She serves as program coordinator for the Center for Non-Profits.