Sterley Stanley of Indian Origin has been elected overwhelmingly to New Jersey’s State Assembly from the state’s 18th District during the recently held elections on November 7th, 2023.
New Jersey voters headed to their local polling stations on Tuesday with the entire New Jersey Legislature up for grabs. All 40 seats in the state Senate and the 80 seats in the state Assembly were on the line. All but two races were uncontested. General Assembly seats are two-year terms, while the Senate is four years.
In New Jersey, there are 6,494,988 registered voters for this general election, with 2,503,776 declared Democrats and 1,541,671 Republicans, according to the state Division of Elections website.
Here’s a look at the unofficial results to the DISTRICT 18:
Sterley S. Stanley, Democrat polled 20,662 votes in the elections and was relected to the Assembly, convincingly beating the Republican candidates, Teresa A. Hutchison, who got 13,012 votes and Joseph C. Wolak, another Republican polled 12,815 votes. Stanley’s Democratic colleague, Robert J. Karabinchak received 20,805 votes as both of them will represent the 18th District in 2024-25.
Three years ago, Sterley Stanley won a special election for New Jersey State Assembly in the 18th district, capturing the seat left vacant this month after Nancy Pinkin (D-East Brunswick) resigned to become the new Middlesex County Clerk. He had defeated Edison Councilman Joseph Coyle by a 58%-42% margin.
The 18th has the highest percentage of Asian Americans of any legislative district in the state.
Republicans have not won an Assembly race in the 18th since 1993, although the Senate seat was held by a Republican until the 2001 election.
The 57-year-old Stanley was elected to his East Brunswick council seat in 2020 against Republican Suzanne Blum. He served as council president until his election to the Assembly in 2021.
“It has been my great honor to represent the 18th Legislative District in the General Assembly,” Stanley who serves as the Vice Chair of the Assembly’s Environment and Solid Waste and as a member of the Committees on Health as well as on Law and Public Safety.