Drake and Singleterry Sweep the Endorsements for Somerset County Freeholder

Environmental, Labor, and Education Organizations Once Again Back Democrats to Lead Somerset County’s Future


Somerville, NJ – Leading organizations fighting for the environment, good jobs at good wages, and a great education for our children have spoken with one voice: they support Democrats Paul Drake and Doug Singleterry for Freeholder in Somerset County.  


“Since the change in Somerset County’s government to Democratic leadership, they have taken on more issues when it comes to safeguarding the environment. This includes dealing with climate change, clean water, and expanding our parks. This endorsement commends  the positive environmental changes we see happening in Somerset County” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, in endorsing Drake and Singleterry. 

The League of Conservation Voters joined in their praise of Somerset County’s Democratic leadership, and called for more in the coming years.  

“Most of the attention is on the Presidential election, but we realize when it comes to climate change action, safeguarding drinking water, reducing flooding, advancing environmental justice, preserving open space and parks, that a lot of the decisions are made at the local level. We want New Jerseyans to know which candidates support the environment,” said Ed Potosnak, Executive Director of New Jersey LCV. 

The labor movement also recognizes the importance of continuing to move Somerset County forward with experienced, strong Democrats who will build on the successes brought by: County Clerk Steve Peter, Freeholder Director Shanel Robinson, Freeholder Deputy Director Sara Sooy, Freeholder Melonie Marano, and Sheriff Darrin Russo.  SEIU32BJ and the Middlesex/Somerset AFL-CIO Labor Council both came out with strong endorsements.

“Middlesex-Somerset AFL-CIO Labor Council Support’s Paul Drake and Doug Singleterry for County Freeholders. They are dedicated to helping working families and creating good jobs for Somerset residents.” Middlesex-Somerset AFL-CIO Labor Council Support’s Paul Drake and Doug Singleterry for County Freeholders.

“Our members are confident that the candidates they have endorsed for the State legislature and in Monmouth and Somerset counties will champion measures that will support essential workers and their families, and help all our communities weather this difficult time,” said SEIU 32BJ Vice President and New Jersey State director Kevin Brown. 

On top of these announcements, the men and women who teach our children in this difficult time of remote learning, hybrid classrooms, and personal health risk also unanimously backed Drake and Singleterry. 

“We're proud to support Paul Drake and Douglas Singleterry for Freeholder,” announced Dan Epstein, President, Somerset County Education Association. “We wholeheartedly believe they are the best candidates to support public education in Somerset County.”

“These endorsements are a reflection of our commitment to every community in Somerset County in all its economic, environmental, and demographic diversity,” said former Hillsborough Councilman Paul Drake. “When Doug and I take our seats in January on the Somerset County Board of Commissioners we will follow through on that commitment every day.”

“To have teachers, service workers, electrical workers, and environmentalists all speaking together in support of our candidacy is humbling,” said North Plainfield Councilman Doug Singleterry. “Paul and I are going to honor these great organizations and their members by representing all of Somerset County as we continue the tradition of Democratic leadership.”