The 18th District includes seven communities in Middlesex County: East Brunswick, Edison, Helmetta, Highland Park, Metuchen, South Plainfield and South River.
This has been considered a safe Democratic district, with 45% of voters registered as Democrats and only 16% as Republicans. Virtually all other voters in the district are unaffiliated.
In the Assembly contest, Democratic incumbents Sterley Stanley, an insurance broker living in East Brunswick, and Robert Karabinchak, an Edison man who is president of a construction company, are facing four opponents. Comprising the Republican slate are Angela Fam, a real estate agent from East Brunswick, and Melanie McAnn Mott, a South Plainfield councilwoman. David Awad, a software engineer from Edison, is running on the Libertarian ticket. Independent Brian P. Kulas of East Brunswick is running under the slogan “An Inspired Advocate.”