Kenny to fill freeholder vacancy

The Middlesex County Democratic Organization has nominated Woodbridge Township Council President Charles Kenny to fill a vacancy on the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Kenny will complete the term previously held by Stephen J. “Pete” Dalina, who died last month.

Kenny, who was already seeking election to the freeholder board in the Nov. 5 election, was chosen unanimously by delegates at a Nov. 2 convention at the Pines Manor in Edison.

A captain with the Woodbridge Fire Department, Kenny has served as a councilman in Woodbridge since 1998.

Kevin McCabe, chairman of the Democratic organization, called Kenny a “staunch advocate for working families.” “He will work tirelessly to keep our communities safe and to improve the quality of life of every Middlesex County resident,” McCabe said.

Kenny will be sworn in at the Nov. 7 meeting of the freeholders, and will serve the remainder of Dalina’s term, which expires on Dec. 31. He would then serve a full three-year term if elected on Nov. 5, after press time for this issue.

Kenny could not immediately be reached for comment for this story.

Dalina, also of Woodbridge, served on the freeholder board from 1990 until his death on Oct. 5. He had announced in February that he would not seek a ninth term on the board.

— Stella Morrison