Burlington County Democratic Candidates

Linda Hynes

Burlington County Freeholder

Linda Hynes has dedicated more than a decade of her life to serving her community. Linda is currently serving in her second year as Deputy Mayor of Westampton Township. Prior to that, she served for five years on the Westampton Township Board of Education. Before that, she served as the PTA President of Westampton and as a local girl scout troop leader. Linda was always the first to step up when there was a need in her community.


Linda holds an Associate of Science degree from Burlington County College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University in Camden. She attended Widener School of Law where she received her Juris Doctorate degree. She has been an attorney of the State of New Jersey for the past twenty years. She looks forward to engaging with all residents of Burlington County to earn their trust, support and eventual vote on November 5, 2019.

Dan O'Connell

Burlington County Freeholder

Dan O’Connell brings proven leadership and the experience we need in Burlington County. Dan was raised in Burlington County, graduated from Holy Cross High School, attended Marquette University and later returned to live in Delran. Dan started his career as a locomotive fireman and completed training to become a locomotive engineer for Conrail and New Jersey Transit. Dan earned the position of State Director of United Transportation Union where he addresses the issues of its members in ten locals throughout New Jersey.


From contract negotiations to constituent issues, Dan uses his experience to pool resources and resolve issues. He proudly serves as a current member of Burlington County’s Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Anthony Basantis

Burlington County Sheriff

Tony Basantis is a lifelong resident of Burlington County. He is a career Law Enforcement Officer with almost 15 years as a Sheriff's Officer in the Burlington County Sheriff's Department, and also over 2 years of experience as a Probation Officer in the Judiciary. Currently, Tony serves as the President of the Burlington County Sheriff's Officers FOP Lodge #166.

Gina LaPlaca

New Jersey General Assembly LD-8

Gina LaPlaca is a lifelong Democrat who is seeking election to 8th District New Jersey General Assembly. She has been helping Democrats get elected at every level since 1997, and by her senior year of college, as she watched the Bush v Gore election unfold, she knew that just standing on the sidelines would never be sufficient. Gina has devoted her life and her career to engaging in the public policy arena and serving my community in any way she could.


Gina is a government affairs professional with 15 years of public policy experience in the public and private sectors. She is a licensed attorney in New Jersey and New York.

Mark Natale

New Jersey General Assembly LD-8

Working as an attorney in employment law, Mark has spent his legal career ensuring that working men and women across the state have someone in their corner representing them regardless of their political orientation. Now he’s running for 8th District New Jersey General Assembly because he knows that voters in the South Jersey need someone who will put aside politics and represent their needs in Trenton.

Carol Murphy

New Jersey General Assembly LD-7

Carol Murphy is serving in her first term as State Assemblywoman representing the Seventh Legislative District comprising parts of Burlington County. Elected in 2017, Carol became the first woman in twenty years to represent the Seventh Legislative District in the state assembly and is the first Democrat from Mount Laurel to ever serve in the state legislature.


As State Assemblywoman, Carol Murphy has already begun to make a difference in her first term. She has fought for new laws to reduce gun violence, historic school funding reforms, and was named Legislator of the Year by Bayada Home Health Care for spearheading a new law providing parking placards for home healthcare workers. Carol has authored legislation that she is championing to overhaul flawed state government sexual harassment policies to protect victim’s rights, requiring improved government transparency with video recording of meetings and enhanced communications, shining a light on school district spending by placing all financial transaction online in form of a simple check register, and reducing the speed limit to 25 miles an hour on Route 130 in Burlington City’s school zone after the tragic death on Antwan Timbers.

Herb Conaway

New Jersey General Assembly LD-7

Elected for a eighth term, Dr. Herb Conaway, a Democrat, has been serving the 7th Legislative District as their Assemblyman since January 13, 1998. In the 215th Legislature, Dr. Conaway is a leader in the Democratic Majority, serving as Chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, Vice Chairman of the State Government Committee and member of the Appropriations Committee. Dr. Conaway is the only member of the Legislature who has both a medical and law degree. He specializes in internal medicine and practices in Trenton, New Jersey.


In the Assembly, Dr. Conaway sponsored New Jersey’s Primary Seat Belt Law, expanded the list of crimes for collecting DNA samples, and added technology to New Jersey schools core curriculum standards. The Assemblyman has also introduced legislation to increase property tax rebates, expand health care access and prescription coverage, enhance consumer protection, promote nutrition in schools, and increase support for veterans.

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Gina LaPlaca and Mark Natale for LD-8 New Jersey General Assembly

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