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State Senate candidate Vincent Solomeno. (Photo: NJ Globe file photo).

2021 State Senate candidate Vincent Solomeno named as Veterans Affairs deputy commissioner

Solomeno ran as a Democrat in Republican-leaning Monmouth County district

By Joey Fox, January 05 2023 10:16 am

Vincent Solomeno, who ran for the State Senate as a Democrat in 2021, has been chosen as Deputy Commissioner of Veterans Affairs; he’ll succeed the current deputy commissioner, Walter Nall, on January 13.

“As Vincent Solomeno prepares to transition into this new role, I am pleased to welcome him as my next deputy,” Commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Lisa Hou said in a statement released last night. “He is a talented leader who cares deeply about our State’s more than 325,000 veterans.”

Solomeno has held state jobs for the last five years, most recently serving as the superintendent of the National Guard Training Center. He himself is a major in the New Jersey Army National Guard.

In 2021, he ran against State Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-Little Silver) in the 13th legislative district, covering Republican-leaning towns in Monmouth County. Solomeno lost that race 61%-39%; had he won, he would have been New Jersey’s first-ever openly gay state senator.

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