Covello drops out of CD12 race and backs Watson Coleman

More good home county news for Mercer’s Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15).

Clerk Paula Covello this morning bowed out of the CD 12 contest and threw her support behind Watson Coleman’s (pictured) candidacy.

“I am deeply humbled and appreciative of the overwhelming support I have received since I announced I was considering a run for Congress in District 12,” Covello said in a statement. “Consequently, I am sharing with you first this news of my decision regarding my candidacy for Congress, District 12.  After two days of intense conversation with my family and political advisors, and some other candidates interested in running, I have decided to withdrawal my name from consideration for the 12th Congressional seat race this year.  I will endorse Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman for the race.

“Bonnie has been a great representative of my legislative district in representing all of the towns therein,” the clerk added. “Further, Bonnie shares many of my values when it comes to being a progressive voice in government. She truly cares for people and she will fight for women’s rights, protection of voting rights and for human rights. She will also be a strong voice for working families in central New Jersey. As for myself, I have work to continue to perform to improve the Mercer County Clerk’s Office. My family is still young and I hope and believe that I can run for higher office in the coming years. For now, I am running for re-election for my current position as Mercer County Clerk in 2015.”

Earlier today, Mercer County Executive Brian J. Hughes also decided against running for the seat.

At present there are three declared Democratic candidates in the race to succeed the retiring U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12).

Dr. Alieta Eck of Somerset is running as a Republican.

Covello drops out of CD12 race and backs Watson Coleman