Thursday, May 9, 2013
Full slate of candidates expected to face off in General Election in November.
Next Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in the Primary Election, to be held June 4. The Somerset County offices on Grove Street will have extended hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday for anyone still looking to register. There will be no local race in this year’s primary in both Bernardsville and Bedminster. In Bernardsville, Republican incumbents Janet Waite and Chris Schmidt have filed to run. Democrat Robert Frawley, who had intended to run, did not submit his petition on time to be included on the primary ballot. In Bedminster, incumbent Republican council members Bernard Pane and Staci Santucci have filed. They will be challenged by Democrats Basil Scaperdas and Laura Riley. Independent candidates have until 4 p.m. June …
Friday, April 19, 2013
UPDATE: Representatives allowing first-time voting outside of Paraguay meet deadline for making arrangements.
The Bernardsville train station will be the scene of a historic election on Sunday, April 21. An empty area of the station will become a voting location for the nation of Paraguay, which for the first time is allowing its citizens living in the U.S. and some other countries to cast a vote for a new Paraguayan president. The Bernardsville Council on Monday had given tentative approval to the plan, but first said that the consulate serving this area needed to get security arrangements, insurance and other paperwork in order with borough officials before the end of Wednesday's business day. On Thursday morning, Bernardsville Borough Clerk Sandra Jones reported that all of the requirements were met on Wednesday. Security arrangements are in …
Monday, April 8, 2013
New Jersey law allows contributors who donate less than $300 to remain anonymous.
A published report Sunday revealed New Jersey’s current campaign donation system needs to be revised after it was disclosed politicians can receive more money while still keeping the names of their donors secret — as long as the contributions are less than $300. The NJ.com report said most states allow campaigns to keep only those donors who give $100, $50 or less private, but Garden State politicians don’t have to report any information about people who contribute less than $300. The report said because of the state’s secretive laws, candidates were able to hide about $12 million out of the $100 million donated. The state’s rule allowing campaigns to keep these donors anonymous could undergo a re-evaluation after one of the state’s most …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Candidate's petition was brought to wrong office in Somerville, but said he will run as write in if necessary.
Two Republican candidates, Janet C. Waite and Chris Schmidt, filed with the Bernardsville Borough clerk by Monday to be placed on the June 4 primary ballot seeking their party's nomination for two open seats on the Borough Council this year. However, Democrat Robert Frawley, who had stated his intention to run, had reportedly received mistaken information that his petition to be included on the ballot should be dropped off at the Somerset County clerk's office, Bernardsville deputy clerk Anthony Suriano said shortly after 4 p.m., the filing deadline. Suriano said he had received a phone call from the county about five or 10 minutes prior to the deadline, too late for the petition to be driven to Bernardsville. Suriano said he would have no…
The candidates for the November elections were announced Monday.
Republican incumbents Bernard Pane and Staci Santucci will be running for re-election to the Bedminster Township Committee in the 2013 elections. They will be running against Democrats Basil Scaperdas and Laura Riley. Monday was the filing deadline to run in the June primaries to be considered for the November ballot. Since none of the positions in the individual parties are contested, these four residents will vie for two open seats on the committee in November. Pane and Santucci were chosen to run by the Somerset County Republican Organization. Pane will be completing a full three-year term at the end of 2012, and Santucci will be running after being chosen to replace former committeewoman Katy Rupert, who resigned for health reasons. …
Basil Scaperdas and Laura Riley will run for township committee in the November elections.
Basil Scaperdas, of Steeple Chase Court, and Laura Riley, of Spruce Court, have been tapped as the candidates to run for township committee on the Democratic ticket in Bedminster's November elections. According to a release from Bedminster Democratic Committee Chairman Charles Eader, Scaperdas and Riley were chosen after the committee interviewed several candidates. "We are excited this year that we had the opportunity to interview many Democrats and equally thrilled in our selection of Basil and Laura," Eader said in the release. A local entrepreneur, Scaperdas is a 19-year Bedminster resident, and has been involved in both the school and the local Boy Scouts. "I have always faced a lot of peer pressure to hide my political beliefs in a …
Friday, February 22, 2013
It is starting to prepare for the November elections.
Friday, February 22
The Bedminster Democratic Committee is currently screening individuals who might be interested in running for a seat on the township committee, according to a release from the organization. According to the release, the organization is looking for those opting to run for a spot in the November 2013 elections. Applicants must be registered Democrats, and have to have lived in Bedminster for at least one year. Anyone interested should send a letter and resume to Bedminster Democratic Committee Chairman Charles Eader at 4 Wildflower Lane, Bedminster, NJ 07921, or the materials can be submitted electronically at email@example.com. Interviews with interested residents will take place with the screening committee March 19. The Bedminster …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Booker to HuffPo Live: "When I go out and campaign next year for myself as a gubernatorial candidate or for another gubernatorial candidate should I decide not to run..."
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
And County Clerk Brett Radi said it could be because of the hurricane.
With only 60 percent of registered voters turning out for this year's presidential election, Somerset County Clerk Brett Radi said his gut feeling is that it was because of the hurricane. "I would have no way to answer other than with my gut," he said. "[In that case] absolutely it has to do with the hurricane." In prior years, Radi said, presidential elections brought out 80 percent of voters, including the last one in 2008. And this year, he said, only 60 percent showed up on Election Day. "And we had some communities where turnout was in the low 50 percent, like the northern communities," he said. "That's not typical of a presidential election." "Many of those areas are without power even today," he added. "I just got mine back Tuesday …
Steven Parker and Lawrence Jacobs were elected to the Bedminster Township Committee.
For Repbulican Bedminster Township Committee incumbent Steven Parker and his running mate Lawrence Jacobs, they are proud they ran a very honest campaign—and are equally pleased that that has landed them new terms on the committee, beginning January. Parker was elected to his second term Tuesday, earning 2,080 votes, while Jacobs was elected to his first term with 2,082 votes. Democratic opponents Gail Solomon-Canty and Sasha Wolf earned 1,398 votes and 1,446 votes, respectively. "We are very pleased, and I think it's a testament to the position we expressed during our campaign," Jacobs said. "It was successful platforms for us." "I am most proud that we stayed positive, and our message was what we planned to do," Parker said. "We didn't …