The Union County Democratic Committee Wednesday night agreed to give no single candidate for Congress the edge in the 10th Congressional District.
In short, it will be an open primary in Union County.
A source with knowledge of the deal said the candidates seeking to succeed the late U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-10) would be bracketed together, separate from the obvious Democratic Primary advantage that would be afforded by the alignment of one candidate under President Barack Obama on the organizational A line.
An Essex County source close to the chairmans’ negotiations that went on earlier today said the Essex Democratic Committee would give the county line to Mr. Payne’s son, Newark Council President Donald Payne, Jr.
The inter-county negotiations included talks about Essex also employing a bracketing method similar to the one Union intends to use, but the Essex source said the power county presided over by Chairman Phil Thigpen would not agree to those terms.
In addition to Payne, West Ward Counciman Ronald C. Rice, state Sen. Nia Gill (D-34), and Irvington Mayor Wayne Smith are running for the vacant seat.