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Manville Councilman Joseph Lukac III. (Photo: Joseph Lukak.)

Manville councilman will seek GOP Assembly nod in 16th

Joe Lukac, IBEW member and Army veteran, wants to flip Central Jersey Assembly seat

By David Wildstein, February 08 2021 4:47 pm

Manville Councilman Joseph Lukac will seek the Republican nomination for State Assembly in the 16th district, party officials told the New Jersey Globe.

Lukac is a 27-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 102 and a 12-year U.S. Army veteran.  He’s the Manville GOP Municipal Chairman and a former Manville Board of Education member.

He was elected to the Manville Borough Council in 2017 on his second try, defeating his closest Democratic opponent by 78 votes.

As many as three Republicans are seeking party support for two Assembly seats currently occupied by Democrats Andrew Zwicker (D-South Brunswick) and Roy Freiman (D-Hillsborough).

Zwicker is running for the State Senate seat of Republican Christopher Bateman (R-Branchburg), who is not seeking re-election.  Freiman has not yet taken himself out of the Senate race.

Lukac will compete for Republican organization lines in Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex counties in a bid the Assembly seats.

Vincent Panico, the 29-year-old president of the Hunterdon Central Regional Board of Education and a commercial hot air balloon pilot, is seeking party support for the Assembly.

Former Rep. Dick Zimmer is running for the Senate nomination but has told Republican leaders that he would run for the Assembly of they pick a different Senate candidate.

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