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Middlesex GOP Elects/Re-Elects Organization’s Committee to Lead County Republicans to Elections This November

Lucille Panos and team following election to to the MCRO Committee. Credits: Middlesex County Republican Organization

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. – Last week, more than 400 county Republican delegates gathered as the Middlesex County Republican Organization’s chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary and treasurer were elected during the group’s bi-annual reorganization meeting. Lucille Panos of Old Bridge, who had been serving as the organization’s executive director, was elected to chair the Middlesex GOP, Sylvia Engel was re-elected as the vice-chairperson; Tonia Kulberda elected as the new secretary, and Rod Kulp was re-elected as treasurer.


Ms. Panos, who is also an Old Bridge councilwoman, previously served as the Middlesex County chairperson for Governor Chris Christie’s 2009 campaign. In 2010, she was county coordinator for New Jersey businessman Scott Sipprelle’s campaign for U.S. Representative in the state’s 12th Congressional District. And, Ms. Panos also managed the 2013 Middlesex County campaign for United States Senate, launched by current 13th Legislative District State Senator Joe Kyrillos.


Ms. Engel, who lives in Edison Township, serves as that municipality’s Republican chairperson. Ms. Kulberda is a South Brunswick resident and chairperson of the township’s Republican organization. In addition, Ms. Kulberda is a vice president of the Middlesex County Republican Women’s Club. Mr. Kulp is a retired corporate financial officer, and former chairman of the East Brunswick Republican Organization.

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12th Legislative District Senator Samuel D. Thompson, who was elected as county chairman six years ago for his second stint to lead the Middlesex County GOP, opted not to run for another term to serve as chair of the organization. The senator, who was first elected chairman in 1986, gave his full support to Ms. Panos and her colleagues.


“My team is a talented, energetic and committed group who are focused on bringing our organization, the Republican Party and every citizen together to accomplish great things throughout Middlesex County,” said Ms. Panos. “As we continue to uphold Senator Thompson’s deep legacy of dedication to the Middlesex County Republican Organization, we are eager to help every municipality move forward and elect more Republicans at the local, county and state levels.”


The Middlesex County Republican Organization will find itself involved in several key races this November. In the 18th Legislative District, retired New Jersey Superior Court Judge, and former Republican Middlesex County Freeholder, Roger W. Daley, is seeking to win the district’s senate vacancy. Judge Daley’s running mate, East Brunswick Councilwoman Camille Ferraro Clark, is challenging for the assembly seat.


Judge Daley and Ms. Ferraro-Clark were both unanimously chosen by the GOP delegates to serve as candidates in the upcoming election during last week’s reorganization meeting.


On the county level, retired Middlesex County Sheriff’s Officer Peter Pisar of South Amboy will challenge the current sheriff, a Democrat. Joseph “Joe” Scillieri of Jamesburg, Kathleen “Katie” Calabrese of Old Bridge Township, and Zhiyu “Jimmy” Hu of Highland Park will represent county Republicans when they seek to become members of the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

“We welcome all residents to get involved and make the right choices for good government, sound leadership and a better Middlesex County.”

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