Union County Freeholder Linda Carter will run for the LD22 Assembly seat vacated by the late Jerry Green.
Mr. Green was laid to rest earlier today.
A lifelong resident of Plainfield, Carter was first elected to the Freeholder Board in 2010.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and a Master of Science degree in Management, information management from Stevens Institute of Technology and is highly respected as a substantive government animal.
“Wonder woman herself,” is the Central Jersey joke, a reference to the 1970s actress of the same name who played the super hero on television.
The source said Carter will have the support of Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp and the Union County Democratic Committee, on the heels of some interesting political history.
In a fight for the chairmanship vacated by the retirement of Mr. Green earlier this year, state Senator Nick Scutari (D-22) gutted through the convincing rival candidacy of Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, whose allies argued the viability of a woman leader in the chairman’s seat.
Mahr herself had run for an LD22 seat with the implosion of former Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-22) in 2015, when former Rahway Mayor Jim Kennedy outdueled her in another heartbreakingly close contest.
In his own 2018 showdown, Scutari defeated Mahr to succeed Mr. Green as chair, then backed former Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski over banker Linda Weber in a close CD7 contest for the Union County Democratic Party line, teetering at the edge of a male-dominance narrative.
But Scutari would back Linda in the end – albeit one named Carter, the source said.