Hillsborough’s Harrison Burke Carries the Progressive Mantle in Battleground LD16

An ongoing debate roils the Democratic Party about whether the Bernie Sanders (and Jim Johnson and John Wisniewski) wing of the party will be motivated to show up on Nov. 7th.

At least one person is convinced they will.

That’s Harrison “Harry” Burke, a jobs counselor running for a township committee seat in the sprawling Hillsborough, pop. 38,000, one of the key towns in a battleground legislative contest, where Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (running with fellow Democrat Roy Freiman) is trying to hold on against come-backing Republican Assemblywoman Donna Simon and her running mate, Somerset Freeholder Mark Caliguire.

“We’re here,”Burke, 24, told InsiderNJ, when asked if the millennial voter is motivated to participate in politics with a retired Goldman Sachs executive (and former Ambassador to Germany) occupying the top of the ticket.

Running with fellow Democrat Jane Staats against incumbent Republican Township Committee people Doug Tomson and Gloria McCauley, the candidate – who last year backed (and worked for) progressive Peter Jacob for Congress in CD7 – said he’s running a motivated local campaign, which is connected to Zwicker and Phil Murphy for Governor.

“I think he could have a shot,” a Democratic Party source told InsiderNJ. “It’ll come down to less than 500 votes in that race. [He’s] part of Somerset Dems’ future if he can win. We need more millennials.”
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