Tracy Sinatra, a project manager at a medical services company, is seeking the Republican nomination for New Jersey’s 15th legislative district.
The first-time candidate’s nominating petitions were filed in Trenton on Monday by David Henderson, her campaign manager, and Lisa Richford, chairwoman of the Mercer County Republican Committee.
Sinatra faces a steep uphill battle for the seat, which was last went red in 1991, when a 24-year-old John Hartmann road the GOP wave that year to narrowly oust Gerald Naples, who held the seat for 10 years.
Elizabeth Muoio, now acting state treasurer, won the seat by nearly 22,000 votes in 2017. The district’s other assemblyman, Reed Gusciora, was the top vote getter in that race.
Even if Sinatra’s message connects with voters, she’ll have an uphill battle. There are 60,856 registered Democrats in the district, but there are only 17,992 Republicans. It’s likely that they choose will elect Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson to her first full term.
Despite that, Henderson thought the time was right.
“It’s time to get a conservative voice in that seat,” he said.