Hunterdon County Republicans have picked Jeff Kuhl to fill a county commissioner vacancy and to run as their candidate in the November general election for an unexpired term.
Kuhl replaces Matt Holt, a six-term incumbent who resigned earlier this month and is moving out of New Jersey.
A Raritan Township Committeeman and former mayor, Kuhl is the son of the late Henry Kuhl, who served as the Hunterdon County GOP Chairman from 37 years. Holt is the grandson of the late Clifford P. Case, who represented New Jersey in the United States Senate from 1955 to 1979.
“The Republican Committee and the people of Hunterdon County are fortunate to have an individual with Jeff Kuhl’s business and government experience to step forward to accept the responsibilities of serving on the County Board of Commissioners,” said Gabe Plumer, the Hunterdon Republican county chairman.
Kuhl will run on a ticket with incumbents John Lanza and Zachary Rich in the general election. Democrats have not yet picked a candidate for Holt’s seat and have until September 13 to do so.
“It is humbling to selected,” he said. “I look forward to joining a very dedicated team at the Commissioner Board who share my conservative fiscal philosophy. I believe I can put forward to the Board a fresh perspective from my recent local service.”
The New Jersey Globe first reported Holt’s retirement and Kuhl as the front-runner to replace him on April 11.