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Hayes did not seek Bridgewater Republican Committee endorsement

By Nikita Biryukov, February 08 2019 11:28 am

Bridgewater Mayor Dan Hayes in December told Republican Municipal Committee Chairman Michael Kirsh that he would not seek the BRMC’s endorsement in his 2019 reelection race, citing intra-party conflicts stemming from committee-endorsed primary challenges in 2018.

“At a time when we need to come together as an organization, some seek to divide us and put their personal ambition ahead of our party and the excellent governance of our town,” Hayes told Kirch. “Additionally, I find it offensive and a glaring conflict of interest that several members of the executive committee, including yourself, are likely to become announced candidates for council this year while at the very same time making the rules for the upcoming screenings.”

On Wednesday, the committee voted to endorse Bridgewater Council President Matt Moench, though it’s not clear whether that will be enough for Somerset County Republicans to drop Hayes from the party line.

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