FLORHAM PARK, NJ- November is here again to bring us changing leaves, intermittent frigid temperatures and of course, Election Day. While this may be the most turbulent political atmosphere in the living memory of many Americans, the time to vote is upon us. The hotly contested race for the Presidency of The United States is naturally the biggest topic of conversation, but there are many local and state representatives that are counting on your participation in the process as well. From the highest office in the land to your local Board of Education, here are your candidates for 2016’s General Election.
Everyone by now knows the two names at the top of each ballot this election. Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump have been consistently in the headlines all year and have dominated entire news cycles in their quest Presidency of the United States. However, there are no fewer than seven other names in the hat for the position as well that you may not have heard about. Jill Stein (Green Party), Rocky Roque De La Fuente (American Delta Party), Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party), Darrell Castle (Constitution Party), Monica Moorehead (Workers World Party), Gloria La Riva (Socialism and Liberation) and Alyson Kennedy (Socialist Workers Party) are all on the ballot for President as well.
The single spot open for the House of Representatives in the 11th Congressional District is being contested by incumbent Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen, Democrat Joseph Wenzel, Libertarian Jeff Hetrick and Thomas DePasquale of Financial Independence. Frelinghuysen has held this seat since 1995 and was recently named Guardian of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business. Wenzel, an attorney from West Orange hopes to end this 11 term run and is advocating for a green economy and jobs and infrastructure that reflect New Jersey’s advancement into the 21st century.
Rounding out the shared portion of East Hanover and Florham Park’s ballot, previous Morris County Sheriff Edward Rochford is stepping down this year leaving the position to either Republican James Gannon or Democrat Mark Dombrowski. Gannon was recently one of the attendees of Christopher Cannizzo’s swearing in as East Hanover’s Chief of Police.
The ballot also includes three open positions for the Board of Chosen Freeholders. A small side note on Freeholders, dating back to New Jersey’s original constitution, a Freeholder is quite literally just an outright owner of property. Often called county commissioners or executives outside of the Garden State, Freeholders deal mainly with the day to day operations of the county, primarily infrastructure. The choices this year include Republicans Doug Cabana, Tom Mastrangelo and Kathy DeFillippo and Democrats Mitchell Horn, Rozella Clyde and John Van Achen.
For those Florham Park voters, your Borough Council has two seats being voted on this year. Incumbents Thomas Michalowski and William Zuckerman are both running for another term on the Republican side of the ticket as lone Democrat Peter Nicolas vies for one of the two openings. Hanover Park Regional School Board has one seat open this year with the incumbent Joan Seery up for reelection as well as challenger Joanne Tobias. Florham Park’s own Board of Education will see some new faces on the block with three open seats and only one incumbent returning. Marianne Haynes is running for reelection alongside newcomers Fabienne Crimi, Nicholas Ritrivi, and Yvonne Cali.
East Hanover will see only one open seat on their Township Council with incumbent Republican Giuseppe (Joe) Peluso running for reelection against challenger Brian Brokaw who is running as a Democrat. Hanover Park Regional School Board will likely stay unchanged as far as East Hanover’s contingent is concerned with incumbent’s Deborah Davis and Richard Ford running unopposed for their open seats. The same goes on the township level with East Hanover as incumbent Board of Education members Catherine Pfund-Olsen, Joseph Troise and Anthony Barisciano are also all running unopposed for their open seats.
The ballot will also feature two questions, one on an amendment to permit casino gambling in two counties outside of Atlantic County and the other dealing with an amendment to dedicate additional revenues from the motor fuel tax to the state transportation system. These are the polling locations for East Hanover http://morriscountynj.gov/elections/wheretovote/general-election/easthanover/ and for Florham Park http://morriscountynj.gov/elections/wheretovote/general-election/florhampark/. Polls are open from 6:00am to 8:00pm Tuesday November 8th.
Posted on November 8, 2016 by John Nehrings