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

Piscataway councilwoman expected to seek Armwood county commissioner seat

By David Wildstein, April 02 2021 5:40 pm

Piscataway Councilwoman Chanelle McCullum is emerging as the leading candidate to fill the vacant Middlesex County Board of Commissioners seat left vacant by the tragic death of 46-year-old Kenneth Armwood earlier this week.

McCullum has begun making calls to county committee members in anticipation of a special election convention to fill Armwood’s seat and is preparing to run in a November special election to fill the remaining year of his term, the New Jersey Globe has learned.

The Howard University-educated pharmacist comes with a political pedigree: her grandfather formed the first African American Democratic organization in Perth Amboy, and her mother, Mildred Scott, is the first and only Black woman to serve as a Sheriff in New Jersey.

McCullum was elected to the Piscataway Township Council in 2013 to replace Armwood, who had been elected to the freeholder board.  She was re-elected in 2016 and 2020.

Armwood’s passing will put three freeholder seats up for election this year.

Middlesex Democrats have already endorsed incumbents Ron Rios and Shanti Narra for re-election, along with Carlibel Cortes for Surrogate.

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