The resignation of Elizabeth Muoio to take a pension-boosting county job means that Democrats will hold a Special Election Convention on March 15 to elect a new Mercer County Freeholder. Potential candidates include: Mike Maloney of Hamilton, the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union No. 9 business manager; John Cimino, the son of former Assemblyman/state Personnel Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Cimino, who lost a bid for Hamilton Councilman last year; Princeton Councilman Andrew Koontz; and Alysia Welch Chester, the President of the Trenton Council of Civic Associations. The winner will run in a November special election for the remaining fourteen months of Muoio’s term.
At the same convention, Democrats will also nominate two Freeholder candidates to seek full three-year terms in November. Incumbents Tony Mack and Lucy Walter are seeking re-election, and neither are a sure bet to win. Some candidates who lose the Special Election Convention are expected to compete against Mack and Walter.
The Special Election Convention involves only elected members of the Mercer County Democratic Committee, while the full convention – the contest where Mack and Walter are competing – involves other Democratic officials as delegates.