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Friday, July 29, 2011

Plainfielder Van Pelt, teammates launch GOP campaign for 22nd District seats

GOP candidates for the 22nd Legislative District,
Jeffrey First, Michael Class and Joan Van Pelt.
Longtime Plainfield resident Joan Van Pelt and her running mates Jeffrey First and Michael Class have launched their campaign as GOP candidates for the 22nd Legislative District, which includes Plainfield and ten other towns in Union, Somerset and Middlesex counties.

According to an online report at NJToday, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno will appear at a Rahway fundraiser for the team on August 4 (see story here).

Van Pelt is an attorney and married to former Plainfield mayoral candidate Jim Pivnichny, with whom she recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.

First is currently on the Middlesex Boro council, and Class is also a Middlesex Boro resident.

Piv announced the team on his blog, Piv for Plainfield yesterday (see here), supplying links to the GOP team's website (see here) and Joan's campaign blog, Values and Perspectives (see here).

The Republicans will face the incumbent Democratic team: Sen. Nick Scutari, Assemblyman Jerry Green and Assemblywoman Linda Stender.

(Interesting factoid, Van Pelt and Stender were classmates at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, graduating in the same year.)

Democrats have held sway in the District since it was created after the 2000 Census, but faced a real challenge in 2009 from Republicans 'Bo' Vastine and Marty Marks, who came within striking distance of a win.

As I have done with all political campaigns, I will add links to the campaign blogs and websites for the duration. I am also happy to post events, rallies, and fundraisers for ALL candidates on the community calendar -- providing the candidates get the information to me in a timely fashion.

Let democracy prevail!

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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