Over 121 Delegates packed into the Stangl Stage in Flemington on Sunday, March 24, for the Hunterdon County Democratic Convention. It was an energized crowd, filled with enthusiasm and prepared to nominate several state and county candidates for the 2019 elections.
After opening remarks by Arlene Quiñones Perez, Chairwoman of the Hunterdon County Democratic Committee and by Eric Richard, Treasurer,
David Parano, CEO of Parano & Associates, spoke to the group. He emphasized that, following the great Democratic victories in 2018, these are winnable elections, even in this traditionally red county.
Elections for state and county legislatures typically don’t see the kind of voter turnout that we see in general elections. However, there was great enthusiasm during the 2018 midterms for the Congressional races. Voter turnout was at an all-time high. This enthusiasm also generated a greater interest in actually running for office in 2019. Bill Courtney, Convention Chair, pointed out, the Democrats have a full slate in all areas: New Jersey Assembly, Hunterdon Country Freeholder, and Hunterdon County Sheriff.
Following the nominations, each candidate spoke briefly about their goals for their districts, what they bring to the table, and their passionate commitment to doing what’s best (and right) for the county. Everyone in the room recognized that this election will be won by hard work: energizing the base; connecting to unaffiliated voters as if this were a general election; registering Democrats to vote; and, as Dave Parano said, “Talking to friends and neighbors like your life depended on it.”
All but one position were uncontested and nominated by a voice vote, with no nays or abstentions. Two candidates ran for Hunterdon County Sheriff. Delegates voted with paper ballots and state representatives counted the ballots.
Here’s the Democratic slate for the 2019 election:
NJ Assembly, LD 15:
Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson
Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli
New Jersey Assembly LD 16
Assemblyman Roy Freiman
Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker
New Jersey Assembly LD 23:
Hunterdon County Freeholder:
Councilwoman (High Bridge) Natalie Ferry
Hunterdon County Sheriff:
If you’re interested in learning more about the candidates or, even better, are ready to volunteer, please contact the Hunterdon County Democratic Committee at 908 237-1598