MANVILLE, NJ – More than 300 Somerset County Democrats voted unanimously to nominate Franklin Deputy Mayor Shanel Robinson and Bernardsville resident and Somerset Hills School Board member Sara Sooy for Somerset County Freeholder.

“I’m so proud to have Shanel and Sara representing the Somerset County Democrats as we work to bring Democratic values to at the county level,” said SCDC Chair Peg Schaffer. “They are proven elected officials with long records of success they will extend to the county government.”

Shanel Robinson is running for the second time, after coming within 1500 votes of winning a seat on the Freeholder Board in 2017. Shanel is an Air Force Veteran, two-term Councilwoman in Franklin Township, Information Technology executive, Christian minister, and grandmother.  She is committed to taking her famous commitment and energy combined with applying what she learned in her previous run to put her over the top in 2018.

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“Democrats have proven in Franklin and many other Somerset County towns that we can make a difference for our residents,” said Robinson. “Sara and I have both delivered positive results for our constituents at the local level, and we’re excited to bring that success to the entire county as Freeholders.”

Sara Sooy is a lifelong resident of Bernardsville, and works as a commercial banker. She has served two terms on the Somerset Hills School Board, and is receiving her Executive MBA from Rutgers University in May, 2018. Sooy has also served as a Commissioner on the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women since 2015.

“I am honored to run with Shanel as we work to bring new voices and ideas to re-energize the Somerset County Freeholder Board,” said Sooy. “As Freeholders, we will take a value-added approach through sustainable investments for the people and businesses of Somerset County.”

Anyone interested in volunteering to support the Robinson/Sooy ticket can reach out by calling (908) 953-9300 x33 or emailing somersetcountydemocrats@gmail.com