Labor leader is leading candidate to fill Cumberland seat

Democratic sources say that the front runner to win a special election convention for Cumberland County Freeholder is Nelson Thompson, a leader of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (District Council 711) who has run unsuccessfully for the post in recent years. The Cumberland County Democratic Committee is expected to meet in January to replace Freeholder Douglas Rainear, who was elected Surrogate last week.

Democrats now have a 7-0 majority on the Board of Freeholders, and ousted Surrogate Arthur Marchand and Sheriff Michael Barruzza. With the defeat of Republican State Sen. Nicholas Asselta last year (and U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo’s move to Atlantic County), County Clerk Gloria Noto is the only Republican elected official left from Cumberland above the municipal level.

Labor leader is leading candidate to fill Cumberland seat