John Graf

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John Graf
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Candidate for
New Jersey Senate District 23
High schoolSouth Plainfield High School
Bachelor'sRowan University, The American University
Date of birthJune 16, 1958
Place of birthSouth Plainfield, New Jersey
Personal website
John Graf, Jr. (b. June 16, 1958) was a 2011 Democratic candidate for District 23 of the New Jersey State Senate. Graf ran unsuccessfully for the Bedminster Township Committee in 2010.

Graf is currently the Director of Development for The Resource Center of Somerset, Hillsborough, NJ. He serves as the chief fundraising official and community affairs officer for the non-profit agency dealing with domestic violence and abuse in Somerset County. He has worked at The Resource Center since November 2009. Graf is also a minister, and operates Ceremonial Weddings, Inc., through which he has performed non-denominational weddings, baptisms, funerals and memorial services throughout the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area since 1997. Prior to joining the ministry, Graf led a 25-year career in public relations, fund-raising and volunteer work. He is the retired CEO of Somerset County United Way.

Graf earned an Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Political Science from Rowan University in 1976. Graf is also a 1981 graduate of The American University in Washington, D.C., where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts Administration.


John Graf for senate


See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Graf was defeated in the 2011 election for New Jersey Senate District 23. He ran unopposed in the primary on June 7, 2011. Graf was defeated by Republican incumbent Michael Doherty (R) in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011.[1]

New Jersey State Senate District 23 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Doherty Incumbent 61.3% 21,596
     Democratic John Graf 35.7% 12,579
     Independent Daniel Seyler 3% 1,040
Total Votes 35,215



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Graf is single and resides in Bedminster, New Jersey.

District 23

District 23 covers Warren and Hunterdon counties.

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