Hatfield beats Marks in Union County; will run on organization line with Pennacchio

WESTFIELD – Former Summit Councilwoman Kelly Hatfield vanquished Scotch Plains Mayor Martin Marks here today in a second ballot face-off after the pair dusted the rest of the eight-person field vying to be the Republican nominee for the 7th Congressional District.

"Union County people know me," said Dr. Hatfield, a microbiologist. "They know that I'll work hard to advocate for them."

The Union County Republican Committee awarded the victory to Hatfield with 196 votes. Marks received 134 votes. State Sen. Leonard Lance finished third with 65 votes.

"We will continue to fight," said Marks, who plans to open a campaign office in Kennilworth sometime next week.

In the first machine vote, which determined that the top two finishers would proceed to a second round, Hatfield earned 156 votes to Marks' 113 votes. The rest of the candidates scored as follows: businesswoman Kate Whitman received 15 votes; Iraq War veteran Thomas Roughneen of Watchung garnered 12 votes; Warren Mayor Victor Sordillo, 4 votes; and former Hillsborough Mayor Chris Venis, 1 vote. Business professor A.D. Amar received zero votes.

Lance, who won in his home county of Hunterdon earlier in the week, was pleased with his third place finish today.

"First of all, I congratulate the victor," said the senator and former Senate Minority Leader. "My showing here clearly demonstrates the support I have in Union County, even though I haven't personally represented the county in the Legislature." Hatfield beats Marks in Union County; will run on organization line with Pennacchio