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Former Bound Brook Councilman John-Paul Levin. (Photo: Facebook.)

Ex-Bound Brook councilman joins race for Somerset Commissioner

John-Paul Levin announces bid for GOP nomination

By David Wildstein, February 04 2021 3:56 pm

Businessman John-Paul Levin, a former Bound Brook councilman and the onetime head coach of the Princeton University equestrian team, will seek the Republican nomination for Somerset County Commissioner.

“Now is the time to be responsibly investing in Somerset County,” he said in an announcement to run for a post Republicans have not won since 2017.  “For over twenty years, Republicans have done so, allowing our families to thrive.”

Levin and Bridgewater Councilman Michael Kirsh are the only announced candidates to challenge Democratic incumbents Shanel Robinson and Sara Sooy.

“In the wake of COVID-19, it is critical that the Somerset County Commission is responsive to the needs of Somerset County families. As a public school parent, I understand the need for true leadership on the county level to ensure our children can return safely to the classroom, “Levin said.  “As an entrepreneur, I know that Democrat county-level policies, especially on regulation, can undermine Somerset County’s small businesses.”

Levin served as the Bound Brook Republican Municipal Chairman and on the Somerset County Library Commission and the Bound Brook Planning Board.

“As a Hispanic-American, I also understand the necessity of diversity in government. Born to Mexican and German parents, my experience as a first-generation American has shown the true advantages that come with diversity of thought and experience in our democracy,” Levin said.  “These experiences have animated by public service on behalf of families in my communities, no matter who they are or what they look like.”

In 2020, Levin lost a bid for a seat on the Bridgewater-Raritan Board of Education, running 2,791 votes behind Barry R. Walker.