Hunterdon County freeholder considers state Senate run

Another potential candidate has emerged to succeed State Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Flemington) after he resigns his seat to head to Congress.

Hunterdon County Freeholder Matt Holt this morning put one foot in the ring, announcing that he’s forming an exploratory committee to “examine his prospects” at the joint Hunterdon and Warren County convention that will decide who will serve in Lance’s seat until the November election.

Holt likened his political temperament to Lance and former State Sen. Bill Schluter, as a “voice of reason and moderation” and “a person of vision who avoids partisan gridlock in order to promote the best interests of the residents of Warren and Hunterdon counties.”

Holt, the grandson of the late U.S. Sen. Clifford P. Case, started his political career as on the Town of Clinton school board in 1993. He joined the town’s council in 1995, and served as mayor between 2004 and 2005.

Assemblyman Michael Doherty (R-Washington) has already announced that he’s running for the seat. It’s unclear whether his running mate, Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Flemington), who’s also from Hunterdon County, will seek it as well.

Hunterdon County freeholder considers state Senate run