Clinton mayor Janice Kovach, the secretary of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee since 2007, is seeking re-election to a third term as mayor.
She will run with councilman Michael Humphrey, who ousted incumbent Marty Pendergast in a 2018 special election by 24 votes.
“Clinton is my home, its where my husband and I chose to raise our family – to be able to give back to our community is the ultimate in public service,” said Kovach. “I thank everyone who has continued to believe in me and support me and ask for your vote to serve four more years.”
Kovach was elected to the town council in 2003, defeating incumbent Robert Smith by 35 votes. Smith had been the mayor of ten years and a councilman for seventeen. In 2005, she ran for the State Assembly in the heavily Republican 23rd district but lost to incumbents Michael Doherty (R-Oxford) and Marcia Karrow (R-Raritan).
Gov. Jon Corzine appointed her to serve as director of the New Jersey Division of Women in 2006.
Kovach ran for mayor in 2011 and beat Smith again, this time by 41 votes (53%-47%).
In 2014, she ran for Congress against incumbent Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) and received 39% of the vote. She was unopposed for re-election as mayor in 2015.
Kovach pointed to successes over the last eight years, including a shared services agreement for a municipal court system, a town wide tax reevaluation, an increase in Clinton’s ratable base, and an enhancement of the S&P bond rating to AA.
In 2018, Kovach was an early supporter of Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill) over Lance. Malinowski won Clinton, Lance’s hometown, by 88 votes, 53%-47%.