CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Democrats will host two meet and greets with the seven democratic candidates running for Congress in New Jersey’s 7th district.

Local voters will have the opportunity to speak with the candidates and ask questions on two separate dates.

“We want to give voters an opportunity to ask questions of all the candidates and also to speak with them one-on-one in a casual setting,” John Salerno, chairman of the Cranford Democrats, said.

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On Tuesday, Feb. 6, the group will host Goutam Jois of Summit, Tom Malinowski of Rocky Hill, Cranford resident David Pringle and Scott Salmon of Scotch Plains.

On Thursday, Feb. 22, the group will host Peter Jacob of Union, Lisa Mandelblatt of Westfield and Linda Weber of Berkeley Heights.

“Democrats have an historic opportunity to re-take the House of Representatives in 2018 and voters have a remarkable and diverse group of candidates to choose from this year,” Salerno said.

The meet and greets will take place at the Cranford Community Center. Both events will start at 7 p.m.

Registered democrats will elect their congressional candidate in the primary election on June 5. Whoever is chosen will run against the republican candidate in the Nov. 6 general election.

Incumbent Leonard Lance and Clark resident Lindsay Brown are competing in the Republican primary race.

Lance assumed office in 2009. In the 2016 general election, the 7th district was one of 23 Republican-held districts that was carried by democrat candidate Hillary Clinton.