Edison, NJ -  Assembly members Robert Karabinchak (D-Edison) and Nancy Pinkin (D-East Brunswick), who represent the 18th legislative district, issued a formal announcement this afternoon stating their intent to run for reelection.

In a joint statement, the two legislators stated  “it has been an honor to serve the residents of the 18th District in Trenton and around town. We will continue to return state dollars back to the district, negotiate for fair school district funding, advocate for healthier and safer communities, protect our environment, and prioritize transportation infrastructure projects. We’re asking for your support this year as we seek re-election in November!”

The announcement is more a formality, with the two legislators having been endorsed by the Middlesex County Democratic Organization last Monday.

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The district includes Edison, East Brunswick, Helmetta, Highland Park, Metuchen, South Plainfield, South River. Democrats heavily outnumber Republicans in the District, holding a nearly 3 to 1 advantage.

In 2017, the two incumbents handily defeated their Republican opponents, with Ms. Pinkin and Mr. Karabinchak receiving 30,301 and 29,376 votes respectively to  the 17,559 and 16,484 votes received by April Bengivenga and Zhiyu Hu.

Ms. Pinkin was first elected to the Assembly in 2013 after serving 8 years as a Councilwoman on the East Brunswick Town Council and currently serves as the Assembly Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore and the Chairwoman of the Assembly’s Environment and Solid Waste Committee.

Mr. Karabinchak was appointed to the Assembly in May 2016 and re-elected in 2017 after serving 8 years as a Councilman on the Edison Town Council and currently serves as the Deputy Whip for the Assembly Majority and Vice-Chair of Commerce & Economic Development Committee in Trenton.