The November 2023 General Elections delivered a resounding victory for the Hillsborough Democratic Organization. Samantha Hand’s successful bid for the Hillsborough Township Committee, coupled with the wins of Somerset County Commissioners Paul Drake and Doug Singleterry, Senator Andrew Zwicker, Assemblyman Roy Freiman, and Assemblywoman-elect Mitchelle Drulis marks a significant milestone in local politics.
Ms. Hand’s election to the Hillsborough Township Committee represents a clear desire for change in our local government. Propelled by her and her running mate Ron Yoder’s commitment to getting Hillsborough back on track, Samantha’s leadership experience in both her professional life and community volunteering resonated deeply with voters, securing her position as first choice to represent the people of Hillsborough.
Mr. Yoder’s decades of work for the Hillsborough business community and dedication as a lifetime volunteer firefighter brought him less than half a percentage point from securing a seat on the Hillsborough Township Committee.
Additionally, Hillsborough’s own Paul Drake and Doug Singleterry’s (North Plainfield) re-election to the Somerset County Commissioners’ seats signify a robust endorsement of their ongoing commitment to protect open spaces, investments in education and job training, and community safety.
At the state level, Hillsborough’s own Roy Freiman was triumphantly re-elected as our Assemblyman in the NJ Legislative 16th District, where he has used his business and financial background to help New Jersey families save on property taxes, prescription drugs, and put money back into critical services for our families.
Assemblyman Freiman will be joined by Assemblywoman-Elect Mitchelle Drulis who has an impressive resume most recently focused in constituent services in NJ Politics, and Senator Andrew Zwicker whose background is in science and higher education. Senator Zwicker brings a fact-based pragmatism to the legislature, and he was the first Democrat to ever win in the 16th District.
“The voters of Hillsborough have wisely supported Democratic public servants like Township Committeewoman-elect Samantha Hand that reflect our community’s collective desire for proactive leadership, unity, and good governance. These are victories for all residents across Hillsborough Township, Somerset County, and New Jersey,” stated Hillsborough Democratic Organization Chairwoman Michele Kidd. “I remain hopeful that with less than a hundred votes separating Mr. Yoder from being elected, that he will join the rest of our candidates in victory when the results are certified.”