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South Plainfield Councilman Joseph Wolak

Masculin wins Middlesex GOP freeholder endorsement by 10 votes

South Plainfield councilman will run for county clerk

By David Wildstein, March 15 2020 6:19 pm

Middlesex County Republicans have picked their slate for countywide office: Joseph Wolak for county clerk and Andrew Politi and John Masculin for freeholder.

The votes were cast online after Middlesex County GOP chair Lucille Panos cancelled the convention as a cautionary measure to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Politi was the top vote-getter with 144 votes  Masculin edged out Gerald Shine by a narrow ten-vote margin, 107 to 97, for the second seat.

Wolak is serving his second term as a councilman in South Plainfield.  He was unopposed for the backing of the county GOP organization.

The incumbent county clerk, Elaine Flynn, is not seeking re-election after 25 years in office.  Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin (D-East Brunswick) is seeking to replace Flynn and has the backing of the Middlesex County Democratic organization.

Pinkin faces a primary challenge from progressive activist Herb Tarbous.

Democratic freeholders Charles Tomaro and Leslie Koppel are seeking re-election.  They face primary opposition from Tarbous’ running mates, Neeharika Thuravil and Catherine Hunt.

Shine had run for the Edison township council in 2019.

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