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Middlesex County Commissioner Chanelle McCullum. (Photo: Facebook.)

Middlesex Democratic incumbents win renomination

Republican organization candidates prevail over Mehta-backed challengers

By George Christopher, June 07 2022 11:48 pm

The New Jersey Globe projects that incumbent Middlesex County Commissioners Charles Kenny, Claribel Azcona-Barber, and Chanelle Scott McCullum have defeated their off-the-line challengers, Atif Nazir and Herb Tarbous, in the Democratic primary.

Nazir and Tarbous ran to allow Piscataway Township Council candidates a better ballot position – a gambit that succeeded, as the challenger slate was picked for Column A. County Clerk Nancy Pinkin had initially cancelled the ballot draw, only to hold it a few days later after a judge ordered her to do so. The line-endorsed candidates ran in Column B.

On the Republican side, Middlesex GOP-endorsed candidates Joellen Arrabito, Martin Herrmann, and Gerald Shine defeated Demetra Wagner, Sam Raval, and Frank Bella. Wagner, Raval, and Bella ran with 6th district congressional candidate Rik Mehta.

County Sheriff Mildred Scott, meanwhile, was renominated unopposed and will take on Republican nominee Brian Wojaczyk in November. Wojaczyk is a former National Guardsman and has mounted two unsuccessful bids for South Brunswick town council.

Democrats currently hold a 7-0 majority on the board of commissioners, and Republicans have not won a countywide election in Middlesex County since 1991.

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