Township Councilwoman Nancy Pinkin announced Tuesday that she would be seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the State Assembly in the 18th Legislative District.
The announcement was made by East Brunswick Democratic Committee Chairman Ed Luster at the East Brunswick Elks Lodge. The Democratic 18th District Committee will meet in full session on March 19 to elect the Democratic candidates for the fall election. The 18th Legislative District includes East Brunswick, Edison, Helmetta, Highland Park, Metuchen, South Plainfield and South River.
Pinkin received her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, a masters from New York Universty and did a fellowship with the Post Graduate Health Policy Fellowship. She has served three full terms on the East Brunswick Township Council, having been elected in November 2004. In November 2012 she was re-elected to a four-year term.
Pinkin is seeking the seat of Assemblyman Peter Barnes (D), who announced in January that he would be seeking the state senate seat currently held by Barbara Buono, who announced she would be running for Governor. Pinkin will be sharing the ballot with current assemblyman Peter Diegnan.
In a statement to the East Brunswick Patch, Pinkin said she "believes that New Jersey, her life-long home, is plagued by high unemployment, which has gotten worse even as the national picture has gotten better, and by continued poor budget management. She plans to use her 20 years of government experience and her success in East Brunswick in protecting and improving services, while at the same time reducing taxes, to provide responsible government and fiscal management in order to guarantee the future of this great State, and improve the business and employment environment, so that present and future generations can enjoy this wonderful place to live."