HCDC Chairwoman Perez named as ROI-NJ Top Influencer


Return on Investment New Jersey (ROI-NJ) a go-to media company created to inform and connect businesses in New Jersey has recognized the 10 most Influential People of Color, as well as 50 other Influencers, in the state of NJ.

The list was determined by interviews with key people in all sectors of the economy, as well as the judgment of the ROI-NJ Editorial Board.

The HCDC would like to congratulate our Chairwoman Arlene Perez for being recognized as a ROI People of Color Influencer.   Arlene has been praised for bringing a new voice to the Democratic Party, particularly in Hunterdon County where it has been a Republican All-Boys Club.

In addition to our Chairwoman, other notable Democrats that were named as the State’s Top Influencers include Hunterdon County resident Patricia Campos-Medina. Patricia has been a great supporter of the HCDC and has previously served on the HCDC Executive Board.  NJDSC Vice Chair Lizette Delgado, Congressman Elect Andy Kim, Senator Bob Menendez and former Assemblyman Updendra Chivukula also made the list.

Notable Democrats named to the Top Ten List of Influential People of Color include: Ras Baraka, (Mayor, City of Newark), State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver and Senator Cory Booker.

The HCDC congratulates all those who made the list and we thank the honorees for their contributions they have made to the great state of New Jersey.  

For a complete list and to read the ROI-NJ article please click HERE

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2018 Blue Wave Hits Hunterdon

There was a lot of talk about the Blue Wave hitting the US in the 2018 midterm elections. Then there was a slight scare when the Republicans had their moment of glory during Kavanaugh’s confirmation for SCOTUS.  The media started reporting that the Red Tide was on the rise and the left had better not get their hopes up for a massive victory in the midterms.   Well folks, we are happy to report that the Blue Wave is alive and well, not just in the US, but right here in Jersey, including Hunterdon County.

On the National scene, New Jersey managed to retain our seat in the Senate by re-electing Senator Bob Menendez against big pharma CEO Bob Hugin. Menendez defeated Hugin in a 10 point lead, picking up most of his votes in Essex County. There was such outrage over Hugin’s history of exploiting cancer patients when he doubled the prices of Celgene’s lifesaving prescription drugs, where he personally profited to the tune of $100 million.  Patients For Affordable Drugs Action led a campaign against Hugin spending $3.5 million to expose his greed and character (https://www.insidernj.com/press-release/patient-led-group-spends-3-5-million-stop-big-pharma-ceo-bob-hugin-becoming-new-jerseys-next-senator/)    

The big celebration in Hunterdon County and throughout New Jersey Congressional District 7 was Tom Malinowski’s win over Leonard Lance who has held this seat since 2008.  Lance, now in his fifth term, was once a moderate Republican but drifted steadily toward the right, alienating many voters. In a FiveThirtyEight report, Lance’s Trump Score was 87.1%, indicating how often Lance votes in line with Trump’s position. Malinowski brings a refreshing voice to the people of New Jersey. He ran on repealing and replacing the Republican tax bill, creating an affordable healthcare program, protecting the environment, having comprehensive immigration reform, investing in infrastructure and advancing women's rights. In addition to Malinowski, NJ picked up the following seats in the House – CD2 Jeff Van Drew, CD11 Mikie Sherrill and CD3 Andy Kim. New Jersey played a big hand in helping Flip the House.

Hunterdon County also celebrated several municipal wins including the election of 3 new female mayors. First time candidates, Julia Fahl and Michele Lee, were elected to serve as Mayor in Lambertville (Fahl) and High Bridge (Lee).   Betsy Driver, who last year was a first time candidate winning a seat on Flemington Borough Council, went on to win her 2018 election as Flemington’s  Mayor-Elect.  In addition to Driver’s win, Chris Runion and Caitlin Giles-McCormick also unseated the Republican incumbents, turning the county seat BLUE!   In Califon Charles Daniel ran unopposed and held onto his Mayoral seat. Daniel has been Califon’s mayor since 2011.

Other Democratic wins throughout Hunterdon County include:

Califon Boro Council – Leo Janas and Michael Medea

Califon Boro Counil UNEX – Cathy Smith

Clinton Town Common Council – Lisa Intrabartola

Clinton Town Common Council UNIX – Michael Humphrey

Frenchtown Boro Common Council – Tami Peterson

High Bridge Borough Council – Leigh Ann Moore

Stockton Boro Common Council 2 Year UNIX – Aaron Lipsen

Congratulations and thank you to all our candidates.  



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Tammy Murphy Get Out The Vote Tour in Hunterdon County


HCDC Chairwoman Arlene Quinones Perez and the Hunterdon County Democratic Committee Executive Board invite you to join us on Sunday, November 4th as we welcome the First Lady of New Jersey, Tammy Murphy, on her Get Out The Vote Tour in Hunterdon County.

Mrs. Murphy's first stop in Hunterdon County will begin in High Bridge at Mrs. Riley's Public House.   From there she will travel on to the Law Office of Kristen Perry on Leigh St in Clinton.   Lebanon Borough Councilwoman Marlene Baldinger will host the First Lady's next stop in her home and then she will travel on to Factory Fuel in Flemington, where our candidates hope to take Democratic control of the County Seat and then on to the home of Raritan Township Municipal Chair Lois Zarish. Mrs. Murphy's final stop in Hunterdon will be at the National Hotel in Frenchtown.


For information about the Get Out The Vote Tour of Hunterdon or information on how you can help with one of our campaigns, please call 908 237-1598 or email info@hcdems.com


Tour Information

High Bridge –1:30pm  
Mrs. Riley’s Public House, 4 Main St, High Bridge, NJ  

Clinton –2:30pm  
Law Office of Kristen Perry, 1 Leigh St, Clinton, NJ  

Lebanon Borough –3:30pm  
Home of Councilwoman Marlene Baldinger, 61 Brunswick Ave, Lebanon, NJ  

Flemington Borough –4:30pm  
Factory Fuel, 2 Stangl Rd, Flemington, NJ  

Raritan Township –5:00pm  
Home of Lois Zarish, 153 Voorhees Corner Rd, Flemington, NJ 

Frenchtown - 6:00pm
The National Hotel, 31 Race St, Frenchtown, NJ



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Menendez on Trump Comments & the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), a leading advocate for commonsense gun safety reforms, released the following statement:

“We're still learning more about the horrific mass shooting that took place at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh this morning, but my heart is aching for the Jewish families who've been torn apart by violence on the Sabbath. Likewise, my thoughts are with the families of the first responders who bravely put themselves in harm’s way to protect others.

“In the United States of America, everyone deserves the right to worship without fear. This is a heartbreaking reminder that anti-Semitism is never dead, but simply dormant, and all too easily awoken by those who stoke hate. 

“Ultimately, we need more than thoughts and prayers and kind words during this time. Only when we pass commonsense gun safety measures will the American people know we are serious about protecting them.

“The President’s callous comments show us why we need reasonable gun safety measures in our country. Instead, the President is again dismissing common sense gun laws in favor of more guns – this time in our houses of worship. Houses of worship in the United States of America should not require armed guards. This country was founded on the principle that every single person should be able to practice their religion freely and in peace.”

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Hunterdon Review Endorsements for the 2018 Local Elections

In just under two weeks, Hunterdon County, along with the rest of the state and country, will be going to the polls for the Tuesday, Nov. 6, general election.   Voters in the Hunterdon Review coverage area will choose candidates for the United States Senate, House of Representatives, Hunterdon County Board of Freeholders, Surrogate, and local mayors, committee and council members, as well as school board candidates.    Everyone should make their choices and get out and vote. And speaking of choices, here are ours:

Here is a round up of those candidates and the seats for which they are running.

Hunterdon County

Freeholder Director J. Matthew Holt, Republican, the only incumbent in the race for two three-year terms on the freeholder board, is running with Republican Susan J. Soloway. Current Republican Freeholder John King chose not to run again due to family commitments. On the Democratic side, Lynne McClintock and Cullen McAuliffe are also running for the two open seats.

Holt has shown the professionalism and leadership over the years that make him worthy of staying in the position, not to mention the institutional knowledge. As long as Holt is the only incumbent running, let’s have a little balance on the board. Our endorsements go to Holt and McAuliffe.

Califon Borough

The only contested race in Califon is for the Califon Borough school district, with Perel “Pearl” Van Elkan, Mike Reaves, and incumbent Jeffrey Dahl are running for two available three-year terms. Our endorsements go to Reaves, who left council for the school board run, and incumbent Jeffrey Dahl.  

Clinton Town

Councilwoman Sherry Dineen and former Councilman Kenneth Carberry, both Republicans, are running for two three-year terms on the Town Council, against Democratic challenger Lisa Intrabartola.

Incumbent Marty Pendergast, Republican, is running for one one-year unexpired term on the council, after having been appointed this year to replace outgoing Councilman Al Rylak, who moved out of the town. Also running for the unexpired one-year seat is Democrat Michael Humphrey.

Our endorsements for council go to Dineen and Intrabartola for the full terms and Pendergast for the unexpired term.

Clinton Township

The township has two available three-year seats on its council. Councilman Thomas Kochanowksi, and fellow Republican Marc H. Strauss, are running against Democratic candidates Michael Lennick and Robert Parkyani. Councilman Dan McTiernan lost to Strauss in the primary.

Our endorsements go to Democrats Lennick and Parkyani, again in the interest of political balance on the council.

Chris W. Kemprowski and Rachel McLaughlin are running for one three-year term on the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Board of Education representing Clinton Township and Lebanon Borough.

No incumbents are running. Our endorsement goes to McLaughlin for her experience on the township school board.

In the local Clinton Township School District, Catherine Mary Emery, Catherine Riihimaki, Regina Figueroa, incumbent Alissa Olawski and Jean Paul “JP” Vincenti are vying for three three-year seats on the Board of Education. Alison Grantham and incumbent Robert Holliday are both running for one one-year unexpired term on the board. Our endorsements go to Emery, Riihimaki and incumbent Olawski for the full terms and Holliday for the unexpired term.

High Bridge Borough

Republican Mayor Mark Desire is running for re-election for one four-year term as mayor against Democrat Michele L. Lee and Independent Brenden Coughlin, running on the “Efficient Innovative Government” line.

Our mayoral endorsement here is an easy one. Desire took over a borough in serious financial trouble and despite more troubles like the sewer dispute with Clinton, has pulled the borough up by its boot straps and pointed it in a more sustainable direction.

Our endorsement goes to Desire to keep it moving.

Councilmen George Columbus and Keir LoIacono, both Republicans, are running for two three-year terms on the Borough Council against Democrats Thomas C. Wescoe and Leigh Ann Moore.

Both Columbus and LoIacono have done good job on council, no need to change crews while the ship is moving ahead. Our endorsements go to Columbus and LoIacono

Lebanon Borough

Republican James Pittinger will face off against Democratic Councilwoman Marlene G. Baldinger for the one four-year term as mayor. Long-time Mayor Michael Reino was defeated by Pittinger in the June primary.

While Baldinger has made a mark as a Democrat on this council, we endorse Pittinger due to his experience in finance and governing.

Councilmen Richard J. Burton and Samuel Berger, both Republicans, are running for two available three-year terms on the Borough Council, against Democrat Benedict F. Valliere.

Burton and Berger have spent years on the council which makes this a tough call. Our endorsement goes to Berger and, for balance, Valliere.

Chris W. Kemprowski and Rachel McLaughlin are running for one three-year term on the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Board of Education representing Clinton Township and Lebanon. No incumbents are running.

Our endorsement goes to McLaughlin for her experience on the township school board.

Lebanon Township

There are no contested races in the township.

Readington Township

Mayor Benjamin A. Smith and R. Jeurgen Huelsebusch, both Republicans, are running for two three-year terms on Township Committee, against Democratic challengers Denise Esakoff and Elizabeth Fiore.

While we have great respect for Smith and Huelsebusch’s work in the township, Readington has needed change for many years to get out some bad old habits mostly regarding litigation, such as the long-standing Solberg Airport dispute. Just time for a change, plain and simple, so our endorsements go to Esakoff and Fiore.


Tewksbury Township

Republicans Peter Melick and Dana Desiderio, both incumbents on the Township Committee, are running for re-election for two three-year terms, facing a challenge from Democrat Kelly McKinney-Brakewood, the sole Democratic candidate for the post.

At risk of sounding like the proverbial broken record, Tewksbury needs a new voice on the committee, so our endorsements go to McKinney-Brakewood and, for continuity, Melick.

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