West Amwell mayor Zachary Rich has entered the race for an open seat on the Hunterdon County Board of Freeholders.
Freeholder Suzanne Lagay announced last night that she would not seek re-election to a third term this fall.
Rich is the first to declare his candidacy.
Bethlehem mayor Paul Muir, former Alexandria Mayor Gabe Plumer, Raritan Township committeewoman Karen Gilbert, and former High Bridge mayor Mark Desire are also viewed as potential candidates for the seat.
Rich is serving his third term on the West Amwell Township Council and has served four times as mayor. He had previously announced that he would not seek re-election to his municipal office.
“I’ve always had an interest to serve on the Hunterdon County Freeholder Board,” Rich said. “the time is right for my family and me. I truly believe I can win the open Freeholder position nomination. I also believe strongly that our county Republican party be a united front. We need to have balanced and equal representation on the freeholder Board from the southern part of our county, and the 15th district.”
Rich praised Lagay for “seizing the opportunity to take a difference” and says she “set the bar high for those following in her footsteps.”
Hunterdon Republicans have set a March 1 deadline for candidates to file a letter of intent. A screening committee will meet on March 7 and the convention will be held on March 12.
Incumbent freeholder John Lanza has already won the endorsement of the Hunterdon County Republican Executive Committee.