View and learn more about the various Democratic candidates running for New Jersey state and local positions in 2021.
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Governor and Lt. Governor
Phil Murphy – Governor
Phil Murphy is running for his second term as governor of the great state of New Jersey. Before serving as governor, Phil Murphy led a successful business career and served as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany. As governor, he strengthened support for working families and has led New Jersey through this unprecedented pandemic.
Sheila Oliver – Lt. Governor
Sheila Oliver is running for a second term as Lt. Governor. Born and raised in Newark, Sheila Oliver has consistently fought to expand access to affordable housing and prevent homelessness in New Jersey. She is a trailblazer, previously serving as the first African-American woman to be speaker of the NJ Assembly, and now as the first woman of color to serve in statewide elected office.
State Legislature Candidates
Joe Signorello – Senate LD21
Born and raised in Roselle Park, Joe has been the Mayor of his hometown since 2018. As mayor, he led investment projects in Roselle Park’s infrastructure. Joe currently works in venture capital, where he works to fund and grow small businesses and start-ups.
Elizabeth Graner – Assembly LD21
Liz Graner is the current chair of the Bernards Township Democratic Committee. She has over twenty years of experience in public education, and currently teaches at Rahway High School.
Anjali Mehrotra – Assembly LD21
Anjali Mehrotra serves as the president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) of New Jersey. An active member of her community, she has served as a Girl Scout Troop Leader, Governor Livingston HS PTO president, and more.
Scott Fadden – Assembly LD24
Scott Fadden is a third-generation Ironworker and serves on the executive board of the Ironworkers Union. He is looking to give back to his community and advocate for workers’ rights in Trenton.
Jeff Grayzel – Senate LD25
Jeff Grayzel is the current mayor of Morris Township and a member of the Planning Board in his town. He holds several other municipal positions including Commissioner of the sewer utility and Deputy Police Commissioner. Jeff is also on the Board of Directors for the Morristown Jewish Center, and he even found time to coach the local soccer team.
Patricia Veres – Assembly LD25
Patricia Veres is an accomplished lawyer and a former councilwoman for the borough of Wharton. She previously served as a public defender and is an active volunteer for the Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project.
Lauren Barnett – Assembly LD25
Lauren Barnett is the two-term mayor of Mountain Lakes and former business management and strategy consultant with IBM. A graduate of Princeton University, she is an active volunteer in her community and mother of three.
Christine Clarke – Senate LD26
Christine Clarke is an environmental advocate, a grassroots organizer, and a mother-of-four running to build the clean energy economy, improve healthcare and lower costs, protect clean air and water, and lead with empathy and fiscal sense. She wants the job growth, new revenue, and exponential economic gains of the booming renewable energy market to thrive here and benefit New Jersey.
Melissa Brown Blaeuer –
Melissa Brown Blaeuer is an accomplished corporate communications and management professional, working with large clients like KPMG and Goldman Sachs. She is also a Vice-Chair of the Economic Development Commission of West Milford. Beyond this, she has served in different capacities on several West Milford municipal boards and commissions.
Pamela Fadden – Assembly LD26
Pamela Fadden is a mom, an educator, an experienced local union negotiator, and a community advocate. A mathematics teacher at Hawthorne High School, Pamela is the president of the Hawthorne Teachers Association and their lead union negotiator.
Richard Codey – Senate LD27
Richard Codey is a former governor and Senate president who began his career in state government in 1973 when he was elected to the Assembly at age 26, becoming, at the time, the youngest person ever elected to the State Legislature. He served four Assembly terms before being elected to the State Senate in 1981. He has been re-elected 11 times.
John Mckeon – Assembly LD27
John McKeon is a former Chairman of the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee and the Assembly Judiciary Committee. He currently serves as the Chairman of Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee and is a member of the Budget Committee and the Environment and Solid Waste Committee.
Mila Jasey – Assembly LD27
Mila Jasey serves as Chair of the Higher Education Committee, Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on the Public Schools, Vice-Chair of the Housing and Community Development Committee, and a Member of the Education Committee. Prior to joining the Legislature, Mila served as a Member of the South Orange/Maplewood Board of Education for three terms, including two years as President.
Morris County Commissioner Candidates
T.C. McCourt – Commissioner
As both a member of the Dover planning committee and the Secretary of the Morris County Heritage Commission, T.C. McCourt is an active community member and public servant. He and his husband Brian, a high school teacher, knew they would love Morris County from the moment they arrived in 2018.
A.J. Oliver – Commissioner
A.J. Oliver has deep roots in Morris County, having lived here for twenty-seven years. What time he spent away from Morris County, he spent in service to his country, serving for seventeen years in the U.S. Army. Currently, he is the chairman of the Morristown Democratic Committee and the Morristown Environmental and Shade Tree Commissioner.
Dina Mikulka – Commissioner
Dina Mikulka previously served as a New Jersey Deputy Attorney General and served on the Mine Hill Board of Education for three years. A Mine Hill resident since 2008, Dina currently works as a matrimonial and family law attorney.
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Carolyn Demsey is a 20+ year resident of Chatham, NJ, where she lives with her husband, Brian Dempsey, and family. She currently serves as the Chatham Borough Council President and is a music teacher in the town. She studied Russian Studies and Spanish at William and Mary University in Virginia. She has dedicated her career to the arts, theater, and her children.
Jocelyn Mathiasen has been a resident of Chatham, NJ since 2015. She attended preparatory school at The Field School and earned her Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard and a BA in Government from Oberlin. She is an experienced professional manager with a focus on local government operations, promoting transparency and civic engagement. She has dedicated her career to helping local governments better serve their communities, to her almost-grown kids and dogs, and supporting BLM.
Kathy Abbott is a 27-year resident, currently Deputy Mayor of Chatham Township, and an active community leader. Kathy is an environmentalist and began municipal service on the Chatham Township Environmental Commission. She has served one previous term on the Committee in 2012-14 and has been on the Planning Board this past year. Kathy’s community involvement is extensive. Kathy Abbott believes that her role on the Township Committee is to keep residents Moving Forward Together. To do that, Kathy will focus on our Township, plan for our future, and engage with our residents.
Linda Humphreys – Town Council Ward 1
Linda has lived in Denville since 1964, she was raised there, and her family remembers when Denville was Rockaway. She understands the traditions Denville’s citizens hold dear. As a kitchen designer, Linda loves helping families realize their vision of a dream home. It’s an attitude that she will bring with her to Town Hall, as we work to keep Denville a dream town for our residents.
Barbara Kane – Ward 3
Carolyn M. Jandoli for Councilmember:
Carolyn is a resident of East Hanover, NJ, where she lives with her husband, Stephen. As an Executive Director at Merck & Co., Inc. she has established herself as a leader in the business industry with over 30 years of experience in the healthcare and technology sectors. She is the longest sitting councilwoman in East Hanover township history. She has held the council president role 6+ times and is currently the East Hanover Senior Citizen liaison and the Mayor’s designate to the East Hanover Planning Board. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Daytop and a board member on the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Martin Tuchman School of Management Advisory Board.
John William Upton for Councilmember
John William Upton is a resident of Florham Park. He is a licensed professional engineer with a master’s degree in computer engineering, working for ASML, a semi-conductor supplier in Wilton, Connecticut.
Christine Malloy for Councilmember:
Christine Malloy is a 10+ year resident of Jefferson, where she lives with her two children and husband Dan, a Navy veteran who served four deployments. She is a small business owner, an elementary school teacher, a mother, a volunteer for important causes, and an outdoor enthusiast. She also serves as the current president of the Jefferson Diversity Committee. She is the daughter of two immigrants.
Eric Inglis for Township Committee
Eric is a commercial litigation attorney who has represented fortune 500 companies and nonprofits at the state and federal level. Beyond corporate law, Eric has helped secure asylum for those persecuted by Vladimir Putin, and he has been consistently ranked as one of the states top 100 lawyers by New Jersey Monthly.
Meredith Sahi for Township Committee
Educated at Columbia University and the London School of Economics, Meredith is a partner at Tunlaw Consulting, an executive research firm with clients in the financial services and renewable energy sectors. Currently, she is also serving on Mendham’s Diversity Committee as the head of the education subcommittee, where Meredith works to advocate and support diversity and racial equality in Mendham.
Antoine has lived in Mount Olive for 23 years. He is an active member of the Flanders United Methodist Church and has proudly served on the Mount Olive School Board since 2014. Now, he wants to transform Mount Olive into a “go-to town” by filling empty storefronts, supporting small businesses, and uplifting aspiring entrepreneurs. As a passionate advocate of the Mount Olive community, he will bring accountability back to the Town Council.
Nicole came to Mount Olive 9 years ago because it was the perfect place to raise her two young children. She is now a local Girl Scout leader, occupational therapist, and passionate advocate for environmental sustainability and senior health. If elected, Nicole will work to make sure each and every resident of Mount Olive has a say in Mount Olive’s development and will help create a transparent and accessible Town Council.
A seven-year Mount Olive resident, originally from South America, Alicia has worked hard to get to where she is now. She now works in Mount Olive as a professional Accounting Supervisor, a job that reflects her dedication to using smart, research-based, initiatives to grow the local economy and keep taxes low. A dedicated volunteer, whether she is fighting against child hunger in her home country or working with the Mount Olive 150th Anniversary Celebration Committee, Alicia has worked to make her community stronger and more vibrant than it was before. Now, she is running to create a Town Council that acts with fiscal responsibility and a dedication to improving every resident’s life.
A long-time technology professional and manager Jordan is looking to give back to the community he calls home. With years of managerial experience, Jordan is prepared to take Mount Olive’s local government into the digital age, simplifying everything from getting a permit to submitting issues for the Town Council’s considerations. A father of two young daughters, he wants to ensure that Mount Olive improves with young families in mind creating a town council that is transparent and accommodating.
Micheal O’Brien for Township Committee
Micheal O’Brien is Montville through and through. A 40-year resident of Towaco, Micheal taught history at Montville High School for 45 years. With a commitment to both public service and education, Michael has been a member of the Montville Board of Education for 8 years and served on the Montville Historic Preservation Review Committee for 18 years. Micheal O’Brien has also served as a mentor for Montville’s next generation by coaching youth basketball for over a decade.
Tara Olivo-Moore for Committee Member
Tara Olivo-Moore is a resident of Morris Township. She is a local healthcare professional, and has spent her career as a nurse practitioner and former emergency room nurse. She currently serves on the Township’s Board of Health as Vice Chair as well as on the Board of Adjustment.
Mark Gyorfy for Committee Member
Mark Gyorfy is a native of Morris Township, where he currently resides with his high school sweetheart, Kelly. He is a current Committee member, and was elected to his first term of office in 2018. He serves the community as a volunteer firefighter at Hillside Hose Company No. 1 on Western Ave. and is a communications manager in the financial services industry. He is also a former Congressional advisor to U.S. Congressman Albio Sires (NJ-08). He received his bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland College Park and minored in Global Terrorism Studies.
Emanuel “Manny” Friedlander for Council Member:
“Manny” Friedlander is a resident of Rockaway, NJ. He currently serves as the Councilman in the 5th ward. He is also President of Rockaway’s Lions Club and a member at the Mount Hope Historical Conservancy and the Hydro and Watershed Subcommittee. He was instrumental in forming “Community Partnership for Persons with Disabilities”. He is also active in Rockaway Township Recreation Programs.
Jonathan Sackett for Council Member:
Jonathan Sackett is a 30+ year resident of Rockaway, where he currently resides with his wife and four children. He is an account executive for Ricciardi Brothers Paint. He has volunteered in recreational sports including soccer, basketball, and football. He has also volunteered as a camp counselor at American Budo Kai karate camp for over 15 years. He sits on the Education Committee at the Adath Shalom synagogue.
Jen Cooper is a passionate advocate and ally for diversity, equity and inclusion, an executive director in the Electric industry, and a wife and mother of a mixed-race family. Jen is committed to engaging the public in local government, building community through public spaces, and ensuring that Roxbury offers opportunities that meet the financial and lifestyle options for all, from the young to the young at heart. Jen wants Roxbury to be a safe, enriching and nurturing environment for her family, friends, and neighbors to live, grow, and play.
Brian Considine was born in New Jersey and grew up in Mine Hill. He graduated from Dover High School and went on to graduate from County College of Morris and then Seton Hall University with a Bachelors in Business and Economics. He married his college sweetheart, Cindy Delli Santi, a Roxbury native and settled in Roxbury in 2001.
He works as a financial analyst at Novartis Pharmaceuticals tracking budgets in excess of $100M looking for productivity and efficiencies. Finding solutions to difficult challenges has always been a passion for Brian. He cares about making Roxbury an affordable and vibrant center of Morris County.
Corine Borrero and her family have been living in Roxbury Twp since 1997. She and her husband Juan have four children, ages 8 to 28, and two grandchildren. Corine is a college graduate with a BA in multiple areas of study. Known for her compassion and curiosity, Corine has held positions in banking, retail sales, and youth faith formation. She is currently the factotum at a local non-profit. Corine looks forward to serving Roxbury, believing that her unique life experiences, curiosity and compassion are exactly what the Town Council needs.
Keith has lived in Landing for 4 years with his wife Liezel and their 2 young daughters. He has a degree in Biology and an M.B.A. in Business Administration. Keith has worked in technology consulting and implementation for nearly a decade. His professional experience includes working with a number of Fortune 100 companies, focusing on infrastructure, banking, and healthcare systems. Keith and his family enjoy hiking in Hopatcong State Park, kayaking on the Musconetcong Lake, and traveling to new places.
Anne M. Mizera for Councilmember
Anne M. Mizera is a resident of Boonton. She is the Circulation Clerk at Boonton Holmes Public Library. She earned her undergraduate degree in Philosophy at Boston University.
Edina Renfro-Michel for Councilmember
Edina Renfro-Michel, Ph.D., is a resident of Boonton. She is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Leadership at Montclair State University. Her doctorate in Counselor Education with a minor in School Psychology was earned from Mississippi State University. At the University of New Orleans, she earned a Master’s in Education in Human Services Counseling and a Bachelor’s of Education in Elementary Education and Early Childhood. She has teaching experience at the University, Community College, and K-12 levels.
Kimberly A. Mazzei for Councilmember
Kim Mazzei is an experienced H-Vac technician and salesperson with Mitsubishi. Her professional background gave her a deep understanding of renewable energy technology that will help Boonton do its part in the fight against climate change.
James A. Plaisted for Councilmember
James A. Plaisted is a resident of Boonton. He has decades of experience as a criminal defense attorney, civil litigator, and prosecutor. He has argued successfully before the United States Supreme Court, the New Jersey Supreme Court, and other appellate courts in New York and New Jersey, and has handled over 40 appeals to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Jim has defended numerous corporate officers in federal and state cases involving tax allegations, securities allegations, bank misapplication, environmental offenses, and fraud charges.
Adrian Ballesteros for Alderman:
Adrian Ballesteros is a resident of Dover, NJ. He currently serves as an Alderman in Dover. He is multilingual and speaks English, Spanish, “Spanglish,” French, and Japanese. He is dedicated to standing with our marginalized communities.
Jessica Cruz for Alderwoman
Jessica Cruz has been a resident of Dover for over 30+ years. She currently serves as an Alderwoman in Dover. She is a graduate of Dover High School, a homeowner, and a community volunteer. She has worked as an employee of Costco Wholesale for 25+ years.
Judith Rugg for Alderwomen
Judith Rugg has been a Ward 2 resident and homeowner for over 17 years. She currently serves as an Alderwoman in Dover. She has worked in the healthcare field as a registered nurse for over 45+ years and as Vice President of the Dover Board of Health. In addition, she is Chaplain at the American Legion of Dover Auxiliary Ladies Unit 32.
Marcos Tapia for Alderman
Marcos Tapia is a 4th Ward resident and homeowner for over 15+ years. He has dedicated his career to being a union shop steward at the SEIU Local 32BJ and a civil rights leader. He is also married and a loving father of three sons.
Kate Barry for Councilmember
Kate Barry is a third-generation Harding resident. She spent her childhood riding her horse to Harding Township School, participating in Township events, and marching in the Memorial Day Parade with the Harding Township School band. She grew up immersed in New Jersey politics and government and went on to study Classics and Political Science at the College of Charleston. She earned her Master’s degree in Environment and Sustainable Development from University College London and has worked with the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters and an economics and finance firm, writing a report for the World Bank. Since moving back to Harding and starting her own Harding-based animal care business, she has been honored to serve on the Harding Township Environmental Commission, the Board of Trustees of the Great Swamp Watershed Association, and the Community Advisory Group for the EPA cleanup of the Rolling Knolls Superfund Site. Kate is committed to maintaining Harding’s beautiful open spaces and protecting our environment, low taxes, responsible spending, and open communication.
Astri J. Baillie for Councilmember:
Astri J. Baillie is a long-time resident of Madison, New Jersey, where she raised her four children and currently resides with her husband, John Kimball. She went to Madison High School and studied at Drew University in Madison, NJ. She currently serves as Madison’s Finance and Borough Clerk and Utilities.
Debra J. Coen for Councilmember:
Raised in Atlanta, GA, Debra J. Coen is a resident of Madison, NJ. She is currently a member of the Madison Borough Council. She has been a teacher in the West Orange school system for over 17 years and is currently a technology and engineering teacher at the West Orange High School. She studied Behavioral Science at Drew University and holds a Master’s Degree in Technology Education from Montclair State University.
Eric Range for Councilmember:
Eric Range is a 20+ year resident of Madison, NJ. He works as a CRM product owner for the Realogy Franchise Group and has served the last 16+ years on the Downtown Development Commission (DDC) as both one of the youngest members ever appointed and now as one of the longest-serving commissioners ever. He is a founding trustee of the Madison Main Street Foundation, a 501(c) (3) sister organization to the DDC. He is also been a member of the Madison Board of Health and its president since 2017.
Michael Soriano for Mayor
Mayor Michael Soriano has served as Mayor of Parsippany since 2018, working to stabilize the township’s long-broken finances, protect our natural environment and open spaces, increase community engagement in local government, and hold the line against overdevelopment. Born on an Army base, Mayor Soriano has served as a foreman and superintendent on numerous construction jobs, including the Freedom Tower. He has brought needed management experience to Parsippany to provide an affordable and efficient municipal government to its residents.
Mayor Soriano has lived in the Parsippany community with his wife and daughter since 2002. He has developed a profound love for the town he calls home that drives him to do all he can to help it prosper. Soriano holds close the words of Martin Luther King Jr., who once said, “life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘what are you doing for others.'”
Cory Herbig for Town Council
Cori Herbig is a resident of Lake Hiawatha, where she has lived since 2013 with her husband and two children. She currently serves on the town’s Open Space Committee. With over two decades of government affairs experience, Cori currently works as the Director of U.S. States Public Policy at Mars, Inc, focusing primarily on sustainability, animal health, and welfare. Prior to joining the Mars team, Cori worked at Everytown for Gun Safety (which includes Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America). She worked to pass life-saving gun violence prevention policies and preserve public safety laws throughout the country.
Cori also spent 13 years advocating for animal welfare at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), where she fought at the state and federal levels to keep animals safe from abuse and neglect. Before joining the ASPCA, Cori practiced housing law at Westchester/Putnam Legal Services, where she advocated to keep struggling families safe from unlawful eviction.
Judy Hernandez has been a resident of Parsippany living in Glacier Hills with her husband and two children for 21 years. Her professional experience is as a civil and environmental engineer and environmental advocate. Judy has worked on projects from the proposal, contract, and planning stages to design and construction. She has also sat on the Open Space Committee. Currently, she serves as Vice-Chair on the Parsippany Environmental Advisory Committee, a member of the Parsippany Green Team, and as the Mayor’s designee on the Planning Board. Judy is also involved in her neighborhood association on the civic committee.
Her goal is to engage the community and bring attention to pressing issues. Whether the issue is public health, environmental justice, fair-share housing, pollution, water security, development, economic and impacted ecosystems, Judy believes that all of these issues intersect and must be approached through communication, education, and sharing ideas.
Timothy P. Dougherty for Mayor
Timothy P. Dougherty is a resident of and the current Mayor of the Town of Morristown. He has previously served as an At-Large Councilman and as Chairman of the Morristown Board of Adjustment. He also previously served as the Chairman of the Southeast Morris County Municipal Utility Authority. He is the Chief Engineer at Newark’s Prudential Center, one of the largest sports complexes on the East Coast. He coaches Assumption Parish baseball, Morris Area Little League, and Babe Ruth baseball and is a volunteer at the Center for Addictive Illness.
Toshiba Foster for Town Council At-Large
Toshiba Foster, the current council vice-president, seeks a third term.
David Silva for Town Council At-Large
David Silva, a minister of Centro Biblico of New Jersey and the town’s first Latino councilman, is running for his second four-year seat.
Nathan Umbriac for Town Council At-Large
Nathan Umbriac is a longtime community volunteer as a board member of the Interfaith Food Pantry, Morristown Housing Authority and Environmental Commission.
Ondria Garcia-Montes for Council Member
Kendyll Hedgepath for Council Member
In 2019 Kendyll was on hand to launch the first Morris County “Proud to be drug free family Volleyball Night” with Victory Gardens Mayor David Holeman.