Heading into a potentially competitive general election in Central Jersey’s 16th district, Assemblyman Roy Freiman (D-Hillsborough) has hired Sarah Seaboldt as his new chief of staff.
Seaboldt has been active with the Mercer County Young Democrats and the New Jersey Womens’ Political Caucus. She is a board member of PAM’s List, a group that raises money for Democratic women seeking public office.
“Sarah will be an asset to both my office and all the residents of the 16th district”, said Freiman. “She brings a dynamic skill set and the ability to work with stakeholders to get results.”
Freiman is seeking re-election to a fourth term in the legislature. He chairs the Assembly Agriculture and Food Security Committee.
“Working for Assemblyman Freiman is an honor, and I am excited to bring positive change for the residents we represent,” Seaboldt stated. “In a time when politics is extremely partisan, Assemblyman Freiman brings the unique ability to bring people together and deliver on issues that improve the lives of residents, regardless of political affiliation.”
The 16th, which includes Princeton, South Brunswick, and parts of Hunterdon and Somerset counties, leans Democratic but is among the districts that Republicans view as winnable – and a must-win if the GOP is to have a chance at winning majorities in the New Jersey Legislature.
Freiman will be on the Democratic ticket with State Sen. Andrew Zwicker (D-Hillsborough), and a new candidate after Assemblywoman Sadaf Jaffer (D-Montgomery) declined to seek re-election. The leading candidate to replace Jaffer is Mitchelle Drulis, a player in New Jersey politics for the last 20 years as chief of staff to Assembly Labor Committee Chairman Joseph Egan (D-New Brunswick) and district director for Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) from 2019 to 2023.
In 2017, Freiman flipped the second 16th district Assembly seat from red to blue after Jack Ciattarelli (R-Hillsborough) left the legislature after three terms to run for governor.