NORTH BRUNSWICK – Three-term North Brunswick Councilwoman Cathy Nicola has officially announced her candidacy for a seat on the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Nicola, the former president of the Middlesex County Federation of Democratic Women and the daughter of the late former mayor of North Brunswick, Charles Nicola, is seeking the support of the Middlesex County Democratic Organization’s committee members at their upcoming county convention.
“Middlesex County is the best county in New Jersey, a fact that is due in large part to the hard work and Democratic values of our elected officials,” Nicola said. “I’m running for freeholder to continue the progress we have made and to make Middlesex an even better place to call home. It would be an honor and a privilege to represent the Democratic Party in this year’s election, and I look forward to personally meeting with and speaking to each member of our organization over the next coming weeks to ask for their support” Several local Democratic chairman and elected officials, both past and present, are supporting Nicola.
Woodbridge Councilman Charles Kenny announced last week that he was also seeking a spot on the board, and others are also believed to be interested in running.
Longtime Freeholder Stephen “Pete” Dalina of Woodbridge has announced that he would not be seeking re-election, and Freeholder Christopher Rafano of South River resigned from the board last week in anticipation of being sworn in as a Superior Court judge. Freeholder Blanquita B. Valenti of New Brunswick is planning to run for re-election.
The Middlesex County Democratic Organization will hold its convention on March 20 at the East Brunswick Vocational Technical School. Candidates interested in running for freeholder will be screened by the group’s committeemen and women, who make up the voting component of the organization. Whichever three candidates receive the support of the committee will run on the official Democratic line in this year’s primary.