The Democratic candidate for State Assembly in one of the most closely watched races in the state lost her bid for re-election as the New Providence Democratic municipal chair.
Stacey Gunderman was defeated by Rupa Kale in what was described as a last-minute, surprise candidacy that caused her to unexpectedly withdraw.
Gunderman won a contested Democratic primary for Assembly last week. She and Lisa Mandelblatt defeated Jill LaZare for the chance to take on incumbents Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) and Nancy Munoz (R-Summit) in the politically competitive 21st district.
“Stacey is proud of to have won the nomination to run alongside Lisa Mandelblatt in the general election in the 21st District. Stacey is focused entirely on her run for State Assembly and is going to fight for the affordability of every taxpayer in Morris, Somerset and Union Counties,” said Mickey Quinn, a spokesman for the campaign. “On the other side of her primary victory, she is pleased to pass the baton to Rupa Kale as the head of the New Providence Democrats she continues her fight to flip the 21st legislative district blue.”