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Warren County Democratic commissioner candidate Theresa Bender Chapman. (Photo: Theresa Bender Chapman.)

Warren Democrat to make second bid for county commissioner

Theresa Bender Chapman lost by 21 points in 2020 race against Ciesla

By David Wildstein, January 31 2022 5:46 pm

Theresa Bender Chapman will seek the Democratic nomination for Warren County Commissioner, taking on Jason Sarnoski, the Republican incumbent.

This is an uphill battle for Bender Chapman, who lost a 2020 race to Republican Lori Ciesla by 12,348 votes, 60%-39%.  Democrats haven’t won a countywide election since 1997; they lost their last foothold in 2000 when now-State Sen. Michael Doherty (R-Oxford) unseated Freeholder Ann Stone.

“I’m looking forward to working for all residents of Warren County and ensuring that everyday voices of hard-working people in our communities are heard on our commissioner board,” said Bender Chapman. “This campaign will be based on the principles of bringing transparent and accountable government back to the people while focusing on local needs, such as high-speed broadband access, sustainable development practices, and maintaining our roads and bridges.”

Sarnoski announced his intention to run for a fifth term in December.

He was elected in 2010 after defeating Freeholder Angelo Accetturo in the GOP primary.  Accetturo had won a 2009 special election after John DiMaio left the freeholder board to take his seat in the State Assembly against Sarnoski, but then lost to him the following year.

He won three years ago with 64% of the vote against Democrat Carol Cook.

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