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State Sen,. Michael Doherty. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Warren GOP formally picks Doherty to run for surrogate

Veteran senator likely to face Democrat Maureen McCabe

By David Wildstein, August 31 2022 8:55 pm

Warren County Republicans selected Michael Doherty, a popular five-term state senator, as their candidate for surrogate on Wednesday evening, setting up a likely special election convention for State Senate in December or January.

Doherty replaces Nancy Brown, who dropped out of the race last week.   He was unopposed in tonight’s vote.

A longtime party stalwart, Brown was nominated to run in an election created by the death of Kevin O’Neill, a three-term Republican, died on April 25 at age 76 with more than three years left in his term.

Democrats have scheduled a September 8 convention to pick their candidate for surrogate.

They have one candidate so far: Maureen McCabe, a former Lopatcong councilwoman.

Doherty, who has been winning Warren County elections since his bid for freeholder 2000 – he unseated Democratic incumbent Ann Stone by eleven points – is the overwhelming front runner to win the general election.   Democrats have not won a countywide election in Warren County in 23 years.

Former Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt is the front-runner to succeed Doherty in the Senate.

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