Mercer County Democrats have picked James Stevenson, the first African American to win a seat on the Hamilton Township Board of Education, to run for State Assembly in the fourteenth district. Stevenson, a well-known community leader and coach, will challenge Republican Assemblyman Bill Baroni.
Stevenson says he will run a door-to-door campaign, similar to the one waged by Baroni when he ousted Democrat Gary Guear in 2003.
With Stevenson, Democrats finally run an African American in the politically competitive Mercer-Middlesex district. Freeholder Keith Hamilton unsuccessfully sought party support in 1999, 2003 and 2005, and declined to run this year out of fear of risking his Freeholder seat.
Democrats have extended their commitment to diversity in the Senate race, where they have recruited state Rate Counsel Seema Singh, who was born in India, to challenge five-term GOP State Senator Peter Inverso.
Four-term Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein is seeking re-electionn on the ticket with Singh and Stevenson.