SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ — The New Jersey Primary Elections will be held on Tuesday, July 7, when South Brunswick residents will make their choices for the state's 12th Congressional District.
Vote-by-mail will be expanded for this Primary, and voters who are registered in their parties have already received their ballots. (If you have not received a ballot, contact the Middlesex County Board of Elections.) If you did not receive or return your vote by mail ballot, you may vote by provisional ballot at the polls.
The Democrat Primary for the 12th Congressional District will be between incumbent Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman and challenger Lisa McCormick. Mark Razzoli is the Republican challenger in the 12th District. A Democrat until switching parties just last year, Razzoli is unopposed on the GOP Primary ballot.
Watson Coleman was elected in 2018 to her third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. The first African-American woman to represent New Jersey in Congress, she is the daughter of former state legislator John S. Watson.
McCormick is a small business owner who owns and publishes New Jersey’s oldest weekly newspaper. She owns CMD Media, which publishes NJTODAY.NET, which was formed in 2010 with the merging of The News Record, the Patriot and the Atom Tabloid & Citizen-Gazette in Union County. It was designated as New Jersey’s oldest weekly newspaper, in continuous circulation since 1822.
Old Bridge resident Razzoli, a frequent critic of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, announced last August that he was leaving the Democratic Party to run for Congress as a Republican.
In addition to the Congressional races, the rest of the ballot looks like this.
Here are the candidates representing the Republican Party, as they appear on the South Brunswick Republican Provisional Ballot:
President: Donald J. Trump, Incumbent
U. S. Senator: Hirsh Singh of Keep America Great New Jersey, a South Jersey conservative group
Natalie Lynn Rivera of We the People, a conservative, Constitution-based group
Rikin "Rik" Mehta of the Middlesex County Republican Party
Patricia Flanagan of the conservative group America First Republicans
Eugene T. Anagnos (AKA Buddy Rider) is running with "Prevent CA East"
County Clerk: Joseph C. Wolak (Currently a member of the South Plainfield Town Council)
Members of the Board of Chosen Freeholders (Vote for 2): John M. Masculin of Port Reading; Andrew T. Politi of East Brunswick
Here are the candidates representing the Democrat Party, as they appear on the South Brunswick Democratic Provisional Ballot:
President: Joseph R. Biden (challenger)
Bernie Sanders (Although his name remains on the ballot, Sanders dropped out of the race on April 7, 2020.)
Senator: Lawrence Hamm of Not Me.Us, a liberal group associated with Bernie Sanders
Cory Booker, Incumbent
County Clerk: Herb Tarbous of the Central Jersey Progressive Democrats and Not Me. Us.
Nancy J. Pinkin (currently a member of the New Jersey State Assembly)
Members of the Board of Chosen Freeholders (Vote for 2): Neeharika Thuravil; Catherine Hunt both of "Not Me.Us."
Charles Tomaro, Incumbent; Leslie Koppel, Incumbent