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9th District, Hudson County Sheriff and Clerk candidates win unopposed primaries

Candidates will now face each other in Nov. 8 election

Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. won the Democratic primary unopposed and is now seeking a 14th term in office. Photo courtesy of Pascrell.

While contested primary elections took place across Hudson County, including in 8th and 10th Districts, the primary contests in the 9th District, as well as for County Sheriff and Clerk, went uncontested as the party-backed candidates won on Tuesday night.

In the 9th District, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., who represents Secaucus and the northern part of Kearny, won the Democratic primary unopposed. A former mayor of Paterson, Pascrell is seeking a 14th term in the House of Representatives in the Paterson-based seat.

He will be facing a rematch against U.S. Air Force veteran William “Billy” Premph, who previously ran against Pascrell as a Republican in the 2020 election and was unopposed in the Republican primary this year.

For Hudson County as a whole, county-wide candidates for Sheriff and Clerk also went unopposed.

County Sheriff Frank Schillari and County Clerk E. Junior Maldonado won their Democratic primaries unopposed. Schillari is seeking an unprecedented fifth term, while Maldonado is running for a second term in office.

In the Republican primary, Hussain Kolani won an unopposed race for the Republican nomination as Sheriff. Beth Hamburger, a businesswoman and former State Legislature candidate, also won the primary for Clerk unopposed.

The 9th District is heavily Democratic leaning district, with a partisan lean of D+17, according to FiveThirtyEight. Hudson County also is one of the most heavily-Democratic leaning counties in all of New Jersey. The general election will be taking place on Nov. 8.

For updates on this and other stories, check hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Mark Koosau can be reached at mkoosau@hudsonreporter.com or his Twitter @snivyTsutarja.

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