Princeton resident Daniel Dart announces run for Congress as a Democrat (updated)

Daniel Dart

Princeton resident Daniel Dart, a former local school board member, has announced that he will run as a Democrat for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 12th Congressional District for New Jersey.

Dart will run against incumbent Bonnie Watson Coleman, who was re-elected with 63.1% of the vote in 2022.

In an email announcing his 2024 election bid on Tuesday, Jan. 16, Dart said he is running as a moderate Democrat because Congress is broken.

“We deserve a functional congress to move our nation forward. As a moderate Democrat with a proven track record, I will work with members of both parties to solve problems using common sense practical solutions,” Dart wrote. “It’s time for new leadership and change. Last year, despite over 700 votes, only 27 bills became law, one of the worst years for productivity in modern history.”

According to New Jersey voter registration records, Dart was a registered Republican in 2017. According to Federal Election Commission public records, Dart donated $2,400 to Scott Sipprelle’s campaign for Congress when Sipprelle ran as a Republican against Rush Holt in 2010. Dart also contributed $1,500 to Chris Christie’s 2023 bid for the Republican nomination for president.

Dart said his conversion to the Democratic Party began to occur when Donald Trump ran for president, and that he voted for HillaryClinton and Joe Biden for president. 

“Political parties change but my ideals have not,” Dart said in an email to Planet Princeton. “I am running as a moderate democrat because my views most closely resemble the ideals of the Democratic Party. I believe that solutions require compromise and that an individual like me with moderate views can effect positive change.” 

In his email announcing his candidacy for the 12th Congressional District, Dart listed issues he intends to highlight, including the need for a strong, growing economy with stable prices, securing the southern border and immigration reform, protecting the environment, protecting our freedoms including the freedom to choose, and national security.

Dart also wrote that he believes in term limits.

“The incumbent is a career politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly for 17 years and is now running for her sixth term in Congress,” Dart wrote. “She will be 79 years old on February 6. After 27 years of service, it’s time for new energy and leadership.”

Dart told Planet Prineton he is running because Congress has become so polarized that nothing is getting done.

“I believe that we need immigration as birth rates decline and our economy needs new skilled and unskilled workers,” Dart said. “However, inaction in Congress has led to a humanitarian crisis. The migrant crisis in New York City could rapidly spill over to New Jersey, overcrowd our schools and overwhelm our communities. For example, the New York City mayor recently housed migrants in a high school that requires students to learn remotely. I want to ensure that does not happen here.”

Dart said he is also running for Congress because of the recent Supreme Court decision that removed a women’s freedom to choose an abortion. “I believe in the freedoms to choose, the freedom to marry whomever one wants and the freedom of self identity,” he said.

He also said he running to protect the planet and to protect all students from hate. “We have recently seen a rapid rise in antisemitism,” Dart said.

Dart’s prior experience in public office is at the local level as a former member of the Princeton Board of Education, where he served one three-year term. He also served as a trustee and treasurer for the Watershed Institute in Pennington for six years and serves as an advisory member of the Watershed Institute. He was also the chair of the investment committee for the Corner House Foundation.

Dart, 67, was a chief operating officer at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers in Plainsboro. A native of Boston, he has lived in Princeton with his family for 22 years.


  1. Fantastic! I need to know more about your policy views but anyone other than Bonnie Watson Coleman is someone I could potentially endorse. P.S It is uncharacteristic for me to comment publicly on anything. The fact I’m “coming out” is testiment to how awful I perceive Bonnie Coleman to be.

  2. Political Party by Convenience

    This is true NJ. The blurry line between the mandated two party system. All you have to do is look at what happened in South Jersey where the Political Powerboker Norcross, lost several key elections at the State, County, and township level to conservative democrats that decided to vote for Republicans.

    The members of the more conservative democrats became Republicans and wiped the floor with Steve Sweeney. So, now the Republicans in Central Jersey have stolen this tactic and are attempting to clean house starting with Coleman.

    The loyal political citizens are having the wool pull over their head by the political chest players who choose to flip flop when convenient to do so.

    Well, here is a white republican Banker attempting to unseat an elderly black women but no where in this article does this reality of this election is evr mentioned. I wonder why.

    But this majority white upper middle class neighborhood seems to have had its full of Bonnie Watson Coleman, a family riddled with ex-cons from Trenton, NJ.

  3. Labels are divisive. Seek to understand. Our politics have turned our community and country upside down. We need to consider new leadership to break the mess in Washington.

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