SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Bridgewater Township Councilman Michael Kirsh and Watchung School Board member Amber Murad have been endorsed by the Somerset County Republican Committee as the nominees for the two open spots on the Somerset County Board of Commissioners in the November elections.

They will vie for the Republican nomination, with the endorsement of the county committee, in the June primaries.

The Somerset County Republican Committee held its screening of candidates Feb. 17, and chair Tim Howes said more than 250 people participated in the vote, about twice as many as who voted last year in the caucus for U.S. Senate.

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Murad received the most votes, with 184, and Kirsh received 153 votes.

Also vying for the endorsement was Bridgewater resident JP Levin, a former Bound Brook councilman, who received 147 votes.

Kirsh was elected to the Bridgewater council in the 2019 elections, and is in his second year of a three-year term. Murad's current term on the Watchung Board of Education ends in 2023.

There are currently two open seats on the commission for 2021, held now by Democrats Shanel Robinson, director of the commissioners, and Sara Sooy, deputy director.