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Bernards Township Democratic Municipal Chair Elizabeth Graner and attorney Scott Salmon.

Graner, Salmon win Somerset Democratic line for Assembly

By David Wildstein, March 04 2021 8:32 pm

Somerset County Democrats tonight awarded their organization for State Assembly in the 21st district to Elizabeth Graner and Scott Salmon.

Graner, the Bernards Township Democratic Municipal Chair, received 38 votes.  Salmon, a lawyer who serves as counsel to Rep. Tom Malinowski’s campaigns, received 36 votes.

Mountainside Democratic Municipal Chair Anjali Mehrotra received 8 votes and Union County Finance Director Bibi Taylor won 7 votes.

Union County will award their organization line on Saturday.

Roselle Park Mayor Joseph Signorello was unopposed in his bid for the line for State Senate.  He is expected to face Republican Jon Bramnick, the Assembly minority leader, for the open Senate seat.

Somerset Democrats approved an amendment to their bylaws eliminating gender requirements for county committee seats.

Gov. Phil Murphy ran unopposed for the organization line.

Somerset ratified a deal made last week by Democratic County Chair Peg Schaffer to award the organization line to Andrew Zwicker for State Senate in the 16th district, with support for the Assembly going to incumbent Roy Freiman and former Montgomery Mayor Sadaf Jaffer.

The two other Assembly candidates, Princeton Councilwoman Michele Pirone and Dr. Chris Fistonich, a Yale-educated PhD immunologist, cybersecurity analyst and opera singer, were not nominated.

“They would have had an opportunity to speak and be considered if they were nominated,” Schaffer told the New Jersey Globe.

No Democrats have come forward to challenge Republican State Sen. Michael Doherty in the 23rd district.

Democrats picked Hope Allison Kaufman and Nicholas LaBelle to challenge incumbents John DiMaio and Erik Peterson.

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