Entering the race for the Democratic nomination for Congress in the seventh district is former Hillsborough Mayor Joseph Tricarico, who serves in the Codey administration as the Assistant Commissioner of Health and Senior Services. Assemblywoman Linda Stender is also considering a challenge to the three-term incumbent, Republican Michael Ferguson. Democrats continue to be anxious to mount a tough race against Ferguson, who easily defeated quality challengers in 2002 (former state Human Services Commissioner Timothy Carden) and 2004 (Steve Brozak, a Wall Streeter and Marine Lt. Colonel who served in Iraq). Two popular blogs advocating Ferguson’s defeat are dumpmike.com and blue7th.com.