Will Democrats play in Somerset County?

James Dowden, a Democrat who spent twenty years as the Mayor of Bridgewater, a Republican town of 42,900 people in Somerset County, has not ruled out a bid for the State Senate in the sixteenth district. Many Republicans expect the incumbent, Walter Kavanaugh, to retire after 32 years in the Legislature, and the conventional wisdom is that Assemblyman Christopher Bateman will emerge as the leading candidate for the Senate. Before his retirement, Dowden was the Vice President for Administration at Raritan Valley Community College, where Bateman’s father, former Senate President and gubernatorial candidate Raymond Bateman, was the longtime Chairman.

Will Democrats play in Somerset County?