Legislative District 12

NJ Spotlight | October 8, 2019 | Elections 2019

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The 12th District includes 14 communities in Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean counties: Allentown, Chesterfield, Englishtown, Jackson, Manalapan, Matawan, Millstone, New Hanover, North Hanover, Old Bridge, Plumsted, Roosevelt, Upper Freehold, and Wrightstown.

Almost half of registered voters are unaffiliated, with the rest almost evenly split between Democrats and Republicans. GOP voters outnumber Democrats by about 1,000, and voters consistently choose Republican representation at the polls.

The current assemblymen are Robert Clifton of Matawan and Ronald Dancer of New Egypt. Both are seeking re-election.

The Democratic slate of challengers is comprised of David Lande of Millstone and Malini Guha of Matawan.

ASSEMBLY CANDIDATES

ROBERT CLIFTON: REPUBLICAN (incumbent)

Hometown: Matawan

Occupation: Director of local government affairs, Comcast

Top three issues: Property taxes; school funding; state spending

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RONALD DANCER: REPUBLICAN (incumbent)

Hometown: New Egypt

Occupation: Legislator

Top three issues: Reduce property taxes; restore school aid; reduce student loan debt.

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DAVID LANDE: DEMOCRAT

Hometown: Millstone

Occupation: Lawyer

Top three issues: Reducing property taxes; combating opioid and other addictions; improving services for veterans/seniors/disabled persons, workers, and first-responders.

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MALINI GUHA: DEMOCRAT

Hometown: Matawan

Occupation: Journalist

Top three issues: Tax reform and cost control; public health, the environment, and green jobs; campaign finance reform and expansion of voter rights.

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