Union County Democrats will meet next Thursday to elect a new freeholder to replace Linda Carter, who resigned this week to take her seat in the State Assembly.
The seat is widely viewed as a Plainfield seat. While Democrats have no legal obligation to keep the seat there, the political realities of giving the third largest municipality in the county representation on the Board of Freeholders means that the seat is likely to be filled with a Plainfield resident.
Plainfield Democrats will meet on Saturday to screen candidates for the seat and are expected to make an endorsement. Two candidates have come forward so far: councilwoman Rebecca Williams and councilman Cory Storch. Sources say that Williams is the favorite.
The winner of the May 31 special election convention will need to run in the November special election to fill Carter’s unexpired term.
Republicans have not yet named a candidate to run in November. The GOP has not won a countywide race in Union County since 1994.