Two new members of the state Senate

Democrat Colin Bell and Republican Kristin Corrado were sworn in as members of the state Senate on Thursday and they both are running for full four-year terms in the Nov. 7 election.

Bell, a former Atlantic County freeholder, succeeds the late Sen. Jim Whelan, who died from a heart attack in August, and he is facing Assemblyman Chris Brown (R-Atlantic) in the competitive 2nd legislative district, which includes Atlantic City and most of Atlantic County.


Corrado gave up her job as Passaic County Clerk to replaces former Sen. Kevin O’Toole, who resigned on July 1, 2017 to become chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

She is running in the predominantly Republican 40th legislative district, which includes parts of Bergen, Essex and Passaic counties, against Democrat Thomas Duch, a personal injury attorney who is also city manager responsible for the day-to-day operation of local government in Garfield.

Duch served as Mayor of the City of Garfield from 1980 to 1988 was elected to two terms representing the 36th legislative district in the General Assembly of the State of New Jersey in 1987 and 1989.

Corrado defeated Paul DiGaetano and Edward Buttimore in the New Jersey State Senate District 40 Republican primary election.

DiGaetano served as both majority and minority leader while he was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 1986 to 1987 and again from 1992 to 2005, but he scored less than 30 percent of the vote in the GOP primary.

Buttimore worked as a law enforcement officer with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and is now owner of a privately held security consulting company in Cedar Grove.

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