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Bridgewater Councilman Michael Kirsh, left, and Watchung school board member Amber Murad.

Kirsh, Murad win GOP line for Somerset commissioner

Will seek to flip two seats on all-Democratic Board of Commissioners

By David Wildstein, February 17 2021 9:16 pm

Somerset County Republicans tonight picked Bridgewater Councilman Michael Kirsch and Watching Board of Education member Amber Murad to run for county commissioner.

Kirsh and Murad defeated John-Paul Levin, a former Bound Brook councilman, at the GOP county convention held virtually on Wednesday evening.

Murad received 184 votes.  Kirsh defeated Levin by six votes, 153 to 147.

The two are seeking to oppose Democratic incumbents Shanel Robinson and Sara Sooy in a bid to return Republicans to the all-Democratic Board of Commissioners.

Levin complained that Kirsh and Murad ran as a team at the convention, although county committee members were free to vote for any two candidates of their choice.

Robinson and Sooy unseated Republican incumbents Mark Caliguire and Patrick Scaglione in the 2018 freeholder race, giving Democrats their first wins since Michael Ceponis was elected in 1979.

Democrats won one more seat in 2019, giving them their first majority since the Lyndon Johnson was president in1965, and two more in 2020.

Last November, the final two Republican freeholders, Brian Gallagher and Brian Levine, were unseated.

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