UNION COUNTY –Annette Quijano easily won a special election to fill the remainder of the term of former Assemblyman Neil Cohen, a Democrat who resigned in July.
Quijano, an Elizabeth Democrat, defeated Republican Linda Gaglione, who is president of the Union Township Board of Education, by more than 20,000 votes.
A former assistant counsel to Gov. Jon Corzine, Quijano was appointed to replace Cohen in August. She became the first minority representative to fill a seat in the 20th Legislative District, which includes Elizabeth, Kenilworth, Roselle and Union Township.
Since taking office, Quijano has sponsored a resolution that would push the federal push the federal government to help more households pay for heat by raising the income ceiling for participation in the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program from $37,100 to $47,700 for a four person household.
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