Angela Perun dies

Former Assemblywoman Angela Perun died last week at the age of 85. She was elected to the Plainfield City Council in 1977 and to the State Assembly in 1981, representing the 17th district, which included New Brunswick, Piscataway and Highland Park. When Middlesex County Democrats dumped her from their ticket in 1985, she switched parties and sought a third term as a Republican. She was defeated, narrowly, by Democrat Robert Smith.

After her defeat, Perun remained a Republican. She served on the Plainfield Board of Education in 1989, and in 2006 — at age 84 — ran for the City Council.

Angela Perun dies