Two Democrats Vie For Sheriff

MIDDLESEX COUNTY—Two Freeholders—Mildred Scott and James Polos—are seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination to run for Middlesex County Sheriff when the county organization convenes on March 16th.

Each member of the Middlesex County Democratic Committee—one male and one female elected from each voting district every other year—gets a single vote at the nominating convention and the winners are allowed to run bracketed with other candidates favored by the political establishment.


Ten-term Sheriff Joseph Spicuzzo dropped his bid for an eleventh election to the post after Polos announced that he would mount a challenge.
According to Polos, a former mayor of Highland Park, “My decision to run was motivated by the idea that the sheriff’s department needed new leadership and new programs.”

Scott said she’s running for sheriff a day after Spicuzzo announced his decision not to seek re-election.

Born and raised in Perth Amboy, Scott served as a sheriff’s officer from 1968 to 1995 and chief sheriff’s officer from 1991 to 1995.

Republican Keith Hackett, a former state police captain, is running unopposed in the GOP primary.

Some Democrats are hoping to remove Spicuzzo as the county party chairman when his term in that post is up in June.

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