Former Clark Councilman considers congressional bid

While the field of potential Republican congressional candidates in the third district continues to shrink, new faces keep popping up in the seventh.

Today, former Clark Councilman Jon-Henry “J.H.” Barr, 37, announced that he’s forming an exploratory committee to look into running for the Republican nomination to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Mike Ferguson.

Barr, who’s currently the Clark Municipal Prosecutor and President-Elect of the New Jersey State Municipal Prosecutors Association, said that his background gave him an edge over the other candidates. Barr was elected to the Clark Council to fill an unexpired term in 1993 and narrowly lost a reelection bid in 1994.

“Most of the currently announced candidates have never run in a competitive election, and some have never held any elective office. I know what it is like to both win big and lose narrowly, and my experience has prepared me to implement a winning plan for the seventh district congressional seat,” said Barr in a press release.

If he decides to run, Barr will be the third candidate from Union County to enter the race. Scotch Plains Mayor Martin Marks and former Summit Council President Kelly Hatfield have both said that they plan to run.

Former Clark Councilman considers congressional bid