It was another standing room only event at the Hunterdon County Democratic Committee 2018 Convention, held Sunday, February 4th at the Kingwood Township Fire Company. Bill Courtney, who served as Convention Chair, ran a tight ship by providing a clear and concise overview of the convention rules and how the voting would take place. With seven candidates eagerly pursuing the coveted endorsement, it was Tom Malinowski who came out on top with the majority win. Malinowski exceeded the 51% majority vote that was needed to secure the endorsement. In his acceptance speech, Tom thanked the HCDC and acknowledge Chairwoman Arlene Perez for running an open convention.
There are six counties in CD7. So far Essex and Somerset County have made endorsements, both for Linda Weber. In Essex County, the Party Chair supplied the single vote for the one town that sits in CD7. In Somerset County, only the Municipal Chairs voted. On Saturday, February 10th, Warren County will hold an open convention, just as Hunterdon, the difference being Warren will open up the voting to the entire County Committee, not just members within the 7th District. All of Hunterdon County is in the 7th District. Morris and Union Counties still have not made an endorsement.
Other candidates endorsed at the convention include Robert (Bob) Menendez for U.S. Senate and local candidates, Matt Bernot and Robert Darmstadt for Hunterdon County Freeholder.
Tom Malinowski pictured accepting the HCDC Nomination, with The High Bridge Dems and Councilwoman Natalie Ferry and with the Hunterdon County Young Dems, Austin Ritter (President) and Yosan Siele (Vice President).