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Hopatcong Democratic Club - Meet & Greet with District 24 Candidates

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The Hopatcong Democratic Club invites you to meet our Legislative District 24 Candidates for State Assembly, State Senate and Sussex County Freeholder.

State Assembly:

The Assembly Race is a primary one amongst Kate Matteson and Gina Trish (who are running together) and Michael Pirog.

Michael PirogMichael Pirog:

Pirog is a 32 year old that lives with his wife and son in Mount Olive.  Quote from website "Through my campaign I hope to do my part to return civility and moderation to politics. To invite cooperation and debate; to listen to and value the opinions of all people; and govern in a manner that represents the best interests and needs of the people of District 24 and all of NJ."

More found here on him in his about section: https://pirogforassembly.wordpress.com/about/

Gina Trish: (running with Kate below)

A native of Sussex County currently residing in Warren County, Gina has grown to love all this District has to offer. She studied Communications, Art History and Journalism in Washington, D.C., at The George Washington University, graduating with honors before returning to New Jersey.

Kate and GinaGina is a Professor of Design and Art History at Centenary University and is an independent design professional working with clients in various sectors from education and financial to robotics. She is an outdoors enthusiast and can often be found hiking on the Appalachian Trail, fishing on the Delaware River with her family and running and biking the Paulinskill trail. She has also served as an advocate and event director for the Epilepsy Foundation of NJ after losing her sister to epilepsy in 2006. Gina and her husband, Tyson (a teacher and photojournalist), have two children and have been homeowners in Warren County for over 14 years.

Kate Matteson: (running with Gina above)

"Kate is a lifelong resident of Sussex County.  She chose to raise her family in this area because she wanted a casual environment that upholds family values, love of nature, along with the amenities of a variety of industries close to home.  Kate’s experience in executive search enables her to see how valuing the people of our workforce effects the overall success of a business or corporation.  Her legal training has given her the ability to analyze and write on complex issues.  This experience, as well as her history and knowledge of the region, will make her an effective legislator in Trenton.  She has a degree from USC and graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s ABA accredited Paralegal Studies Program. She currently lives in Sparta with her husband Jim, a physician, and their four daughters.  She is an avid horseback rider and nature lover.  On weekends you will find her on the trails or camping, enjoying all life has to offer in the most beautiful part of New Jersey!"

Facebook page for Matteson/Trish:

State Senate:

Jennifer HamiltonJennifer Hamilton: 

Jennifer graduated from Rutgers University and went on to study law at Northeastern University School of Law. She currently practices law in Jefferson, NJ.  Jennifer, her husband Ian, and their two children reside in Sparta. As a resident of Sparta in beautiful Sussex County, her goal is make sure our community is better represented in the Senate.

Link to her about section for more: https://www.hamiltonforsenate.com/meet-jen

Facebook page:

Website: https://www.hamiltonforsenate.com/

Sussex County Freeholder:

Dan PerexDan Perez:

Husband, Dad, beekeeper, Eagle Scout & Attorney. Candidate for Sussex County freeholder. I'll put taxpayers first, make county government work for residents and businesses, and move Sussex County forward!

Facebook page:


State Democratic Committee Event Information:

WHEN: Tuesday, May 30 at 7:30 PM

WHERE: Hopatcong Senior Center

32 Lakeside Blvd.

Hopatcong, NJ 07843

Light refreshments will be served.

Connect on Facebook by searching Hopatcong Democratic Club or via link:

For more information, contact: Erin Jacobus at emarjaco@hotmail.com


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