BRIDGEWATER, NJ — Bridgewater Township Councilman Michael Kirsh has submitted a letter of intent to seek the endorsement of the Somerset County Republican Organization to run for Somerset County Commission.

The organization will screen candidates to name their nominees Feb. 17.

This year, there are two seats open on the Somerset County Commission, those of director Shanel Robinson and Sara Sooy, both Democrats.

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Kirsh was elected to Bridgewater council in 2019, and also served on the township committee in Green Brook when he was living there in 2005.

"Somerset Republicans cannot afford an extended period 'in the wilderness' and must strike back with the strongest possible tickets over the next several years," Kirsh said in a release from the Republican organization. "The comeback starts right here and right now."

Kirsh has been the municipal chair of the Bridgewater Republican Municipal Committee since 2018. On Jan. 25, the release said, the Jack Ciattarelli for Governor campaign announced its endorsement of Kirsh.

"I have spoken with all the other municipal chairs over the last two weeks," Kirsh said in the release. "There is great enthusiasm for my candidacy and the prospects for victory from Jack at the top of the ballot, through our various Legislative candidates, the county commissioner ticket and the critical local races. I have pledged that the commissioner race will be vigorously contested across all 21 Somerset County municipalities."