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Somerset County Democratic Chair Peg Schaffer. Photo courtesy of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.

Somerset Dems’ online convention finishes with no surprises

By Nikita Biryukov, March 17 2020 1:20 pm

Somerset County Democrats awarded their county lines through online elections.

There were few surprises in the results. Each candidate awarded the line ran for it unopposed and won with at least 95% of the vote.

Doug Singleterry and Paul Drake got the line for Freeholder, while Tina Jalloh was Democrats’ pick to run for surrogate, the last constitutional officer post held by Somerset Republicans.

“Tina Jalloh, Doug Singleterry and Paul Drake will represent the citizens of Somerset County with honor, and when sworn in next year will represent a complete change in how our county is governed,” said Peg Schaffer, Somerset County Democratic Chair. “Canceling the in-person convention was the right choice for Somerset County. The remote convention worked well as an alternative and we believe that we have found the three best candidates to run in 2020.”

Darcy Draeger got the line to run for Assembly in the 25th district’s special election. Rupande Mehta got the line for the district’s State Senate seat.

Rep. Tom Malinowski, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker were each awarded organizational lines.

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