Municipal

Parsippany: Michael Soriano

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Michael Soriano was born on a military base in Augusta, Georgia on May 12, 1967.  Growing up in Queens, New York, he learned the value of hard work from his father, Ramon, a proud electrician and brother of IBEW Local 3.

Michael moved to an apartment in Parsippany in January of 2002, proposing to his wife, Jennifer, within hours of moving in.  Like many renters in our township, Michael and Jennifer fell in love with Parsippany and its community, and chose to remain here to raise their family.  A few years later, they moved to a home in Lake Hiawatha, where they raise their 11 year old daughter.

Throughout his career as a second-generation electrician, Michael has served as both a foreman and superintendent on dozens of projects throughout New York City.  He brings a wealth of essential management experience to the table in Parsippany, which he will use to carry out the functions of our municipal government in the affordable and efficient way that the township deserves.

It is through this profound love for his community that drives him to do all that he can to help it prosper. From that lucky day he moved to Parsippany he has held close the words of Martin Luther King Jr, who once said “life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “what are you doing for others.”

Janice McCarthy spent a career in private sector finance working for Fortune 500 companies, including ADP as Director of Finance and Ingersoll Rand as Director of Budget and Planning. She also served in managing the budget operation at Montclair State University. Her many years of private and public sector budgeting experience will be an asset to the township’s fiscal processes. Running to bring back bi-partisan government, McCarthy believes Parsippany deserves a Mayor and Township Council working effectively together to maintain our infrastructure, deliver quality services, preserve our environment, control development, and do it in a fiscally responsible manner.

Emily Peterson is a small business owner and adjunct professor at New York University who knows what it’s like to meet deadlines and balance a tight budget every day. She understands what it will take to develop Parsippany’s economy and build a base of small businesses to increase ratables. Standing firm on the belief that taxpayers' money should be put to better use in providing for the people of Parsippany, she recognizes that controlling spending is one of the most important responsibilities the Township Council and administration have.

Madison

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Carmela Vitale is a lifelong resident of Madison and is currently completing her fourth term on the Madison Borough Council.   She is chairperson for the Council Public Works and Engineering Standing Committee and is a member of the Finance and Borough Clerk Standing Committee. She is also Council liaison to the Environmental Commission, the Historic Preservation Commission, the Parks Advisory Committee, and has been a proud liaison to the Patriotic Celebrations Committee for six years.  Vitale is also the Council liaison to the Shade Tree Management Board and the Sustainable Madison Advisory Board. 

Carmela Vitale has also served as Chairperson of the borough’s Senior Citizens Advisory Committee and served two terms as president of the Madison Board of Health.  She is Madison’s representative on the Morris County Community Development Revenue Sharing Committee and has served as membership chairperson for the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee.  Vitale is also a long-time member of Madison’s Thursday Morning Club.

John Hoover is an 18 year resident of Madison. Today, he serves as a DDC Commissioner and is its Secretary, as well as Chair of its Sign and Façade Committee. He is Chairman of Madison’s Senior Citizens Advisory Committee and is a member of the Borough’s Economic Revitalization Committee and the Board of Education’s Budget Advisory Committee.  Hoover is also Vice President of the TriTown 55+ Coalition, is a member of the Board of the Madison Alliance Addressing Substance Abuse, chairs the Drug Awareness Committee at the Madison Elks and served on the Borough’s Strategic Planning Operations Committee. He is a Past-President of the Madison Board of Health and is an active member of the Madison Rotary.

At the time of his retirement, Hoover was the Senior Global Operations Management Training Manager for AIU GBO.  Prior to joining AIG, he spent over 35 years in public and private sector financial services, including managing large operations. Hoover has a BS in Economics from Fordham University and an MBA in Marketing and Management from Golden Gate University.

Morris Township

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Cathy Wilson is a retired educator who has two grown children and two young grandchildren. She holds a BA in English from Washington University in St. Louis and three master’s degrees: one in Special Education from the University of Michigan, one in Educational Leadership from National-Louis University in Illinois, and one-- which she earned in 2012 --in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University in New York.  Her background also includes extensive training as a mediator. She has lived in Morris Township since 2005.

Cathy actively supports environmental causes through her work as co-chair of GEM (Green Earth Ministries) at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship and through her work as Vice President of Sustainable Morristown, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support local efforts to go green, save money, and preserve the environment for future generations.      

Cathy is a member of NJ Planning Officials – an organization that provides information about land use and planning issues. She is the chairwoman of the local Democratic Party (the Morris Township Democratic Committee). Additionally, she is the founder and president of FOTA (Friends of Televised Access in Morris Township) – a nonprofit organization whose mission is to share complete, unedited video of the meetings of Morris Township’s governing body with the community.

In 2015, Cathy ran for local office and lost by only 37 votes out of nearly 9,000 cast.  Her resolve to open our local government to a broader range of perspectives and ideas remains undeterred and is buoyed by the words of George Washington (a personal hero with whom she shares a birthday): “Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.”

John Arvanites, CPA, founded Arvanites & Associates, CPA, PA in 1997. As President, John manages the office while also focusing on business development, domestic and international tax and financial statement preparation, and working closely with the firm’s larger clients. His niche expertise lies in accounting for the restaurant, professional services, independent contractor, manufacturing, petroleum, and real estate industries.

John also co-founded Integrated Payroll Systems, Inc., in 1998.  Integrated Payroll Systems is a leader in integrating payroll solutions for small and midsize businesses nationally.  John focuses on business development and marketing, while working closely with the sales team.

In addition to his accounting experience, John spent 14 years in elected positions, including 10 years on the council and four years as Mayor in Roseland, New Jersey. John has earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University and has achieved Series 6 certification. He supports a variety of local and charitable organizations, including Market Street Mission and St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. He is a past Board Member of the Executives’ Association of New Jersey, a member of AHEPA (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association), and Rootworks.

Morristown

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Tim Dougherty was elected Mayor of Morristown in 2009, and reelected in 2013. When he took office in 2010, Mayor Dougherty inherited a fiscal crisis, with Morristown facing decreasing revenues and increasing costs. Mayor Dougherty fought to move Morristown forward, restoring fiscal responsibility and maintaining quality municipal services. He won these fights, securing new investments, lowering costs, and for seven years preventing any tax increases on the people of Morristown. Under his leadership, national retailers such as Whole Foods, CVS and Blue Mercury have added locations in Morristown. Committed to serving all of Morristown’s residents, Mayor Dougherty has worked tirelessly to promote affordable housing and aggressively pursued and secured more affordable housing units in the last 7years than in the previous 30 years combined. Further, under Mayor Dougherty’s leadership, Morristown reached an unprecedented tax settlement with Morristown Medical Center — generating millions of dollars in increased revenue, and saving taxpayer money.

Michael Elms is a 15-year resident of Morristown and a sitting member of Morristown Town Council. Michael and his wife, Priscilla, have three children (Mila-10, Weston-8 and Oliver-8) in the Morris School District. Michael has proudly served Morristown and the community in one role or another since 2003. His 1st position was a 4-year term on the Board of Adjustment, followed by a 5-year term as a Commissioner of the Morristown Parking Authority. Most recently Michael has served on the Town Council while also being appointed as Liaison to the Morristown Partnership and the Morristown Parking Authority.

Toshiba Foster was first selected to the Town Council in 2012, filling an unexpired term. She was reelected on Mayor Dougherty’s slate in 2013. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Morristown Council. A lifelong Morristown resident, Toshiba raised her two daughters in town, and has remained committed to serving the people of the town she loves. In 2010, Toshiba founded the Nonprofit Our Youth Their Future, which works to educate, guide and encourage positive attitudes for today’s youth. She is a former member of the Morristown Planning Board, and is excited to continue her work helping all the residents of Morristown. Toshiba studied Human Resources Management at Rutgers University, and is a proud member of the Union Baptist Church.

David Silva is a dedicated minister, from CBI a missionary organization based in NY. He served in NY for a decade as an associate pastor, youth pastor and an Elementary School Head Master.Over the past 15 years in Morristown, David has been deeply involved in the Morristown community, with one objective in mind- Unity. For the past 12 years he has hosted a Community Integration Festival on the Green, inviting everyone, of every race, religion, organization, etc., to join in and become ONE. He has also worked with one of Calvary Church’s ministries – Touch Ministry, reaching out to educate the community on AIDS and HIV and being vessels of love for those affected. They go quarterly with Touch Ministry to host game nights at the Erick Johnson home and also help in mobile testing periodically. David along with CBNJ participates in the annual Health Fair hosted by Morristown Medical Center at the Hyatt every year.

Mendham Township

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Amalia Duarte is running to provide a New Voice to the Township Committee. She has volunteered in Mendham for nearly 18 years — as a youth sports coach, on township and nonprofit boards and fund-raising for the community. She got involved in town because of her children, and now she's running to make sure that Mendham continues to be a great place to raise a family.

She believes recreation is vital to the community. Sports fields, playgrounds, Brookside Beach, hiking paths and special events are where the community comes together to create connections and lasting friendships. She has been instrumental in successfully advocating to keep Mendham's Brookside Beach open. She is helping to lead the campaign to the community's only playground, the Ralston Playground.
 
She is focused on doing more with Shared Services agreements to save taxpayer money. She wants to open a dialogue with neighboring communities to figure out — together — how to improve government services and save money.

She will work to create a responsive Township Committee that listens to residents and encourages input from the public. She is committed to improving communications between the Township Committee and residents. The business of the Township Committee is their business! 
During this campaign, she looks forward to speaking with residents and learning what's on their minds.

Rockaway Township


Nick Wallwork

I am life-long Democrat, but I have been more and more proud to be a member of a party that stands for inclusiveness and values for all people, not just those who have money. I am proud to be a Democrat whose party stands up to bullies in the state house and the White House. I am running as a Democrat to help take back our town, state and country from a party that has made bigotry, misogyny, white supremacy, elitism, authoritarianism, violence, and hate key tenets of their party. Now more than ever, we need to hold people accountable for the company they keep. A vote for a Republican is a vote for the anti American rhetoric that comes from the head of their party.

Jonathan Sackett

 I'm Jonathan Sackett Democratic Candidate for Ward 4 Town Council in Rockaway Township. My Facebook page is "Jonathan Sackett for Ward 4 Council Rockaway." I am a father of 4 young children. My wife Lori and I have been married for over 13 years. I have lived in Rockaway for over 30 years. I am in the paint industry and also run a martial arts school. I also coach football, soccer, basketball and baseball. I am running to help take back Rockaway and bring it to the people to have our voices heard! I am here to help control spending in Rockaway and see as tax payers where our hard earned $ is going. I want to help with Environmental issues going on in our town. I am opposed to full-time health benefits for part-time elected officials. Lastly, I would like to bring back Rockaway day to help raise $ for our children to improve our fields and other town facilities.

Chatham Borough

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Jonathan Wilcox

I am Jonathan Wilcox and I am excited to be running for Chatham Borough Council.  

I  have been living in Chatham Borough for 12 years.  I live with my wife Joanne and our two children, Julia and Jonas. I have lived in NJ most of my life. I currently work as a Senior Solutions Architect for a Silicon Valley software company Delphix.  At Delphix I work with various organiztions to provide software solutions.  Previously, I worked for JPMorgan Chase as an Enterprise Architect for 12 years.  While working at Chase I managed teams who implemented data driven results.  As your Councilman, I will welcome all input in the decision process and afford a solution that best suits our community. 

Thaddeus Kobylarz

My name is Thaddeus Kobylarz and I am delighted to be running for a seat on the Chatham Borough Council. Chatham Borough is a special place. From its beautifully tree-canopied streets to its top-tier public school system, its visually appealing open spaces to its first-rate recreation and athletic programs, and its outstanding public library to its seasonal Farmer’s Market, I believe there’s no better spot in New Jersey to call home. That is why after moving here from California almost ten years ago my wife Xenia and I soon chose to stay put, embracing this lovely town as the community in which to raise our two wonderful boys TJ (age 12) and Maximus (age 9).

For me, one of the things that defines Chatham Borough is its strong sense of history and tradition. This is reflected in such aspects of community life as the prominent role played by the Chatham Historical Society, the special status accorded the borough’s Main Street Historic District, and the annual holding of both the Fishawack Festival and the Fourth of July Parade. At the same time, it is clear to me that Chatham Borough is also a municipality confronted by the sort of growth demands currently faced by a great many other twenty-first century suburban communities. Last November’s revision of the Master Plan and June’s designation of the Post Office Plaza as “in need of redevelopment” are but two responses by borough officials to this mounting economic and social pressure for change.

Chatham Township

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Stacy Ewald

My name is Stacey Ewald and I am excited to announce my candidacy for Chatham Township Committee. 

Now, more than ever, we need community collaborators and leaders to represent us on our Township Committee.  We receive accolades of best schools and best town but the culture that fostered those successes; one of collaboration, acceptance and excellence is at risk as the national divide seeps its way into our wonderful community.  Our Township Committee members need to be leaders, engaging community members in discussion and unity.  

As a 20 year resident, I have worked tirelessly, bringing people together to work for the benefit of our Chatham community.  I am proud of my work with our outstanding Chatham public schools.

Tracy Ness

My name is Tracy Ness and I am proud to announce my candidacy for Chatham Township Committee. 

I was nominated by the Chatham Democrats to replace Shalini Gagliardi on the ticket to run with Stacey Ewald.  Running for Township Committee has been on my mind for a while and now seems like the right time to step in and offer residents a real choice! I am a 22 year resident of Chatham Township, a volunteer for the past 15 years and a businesswoman. 

Montville Township

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Lucy Tullo

It's time for a changing of the guard in Montville and I want to be the one to help make that change happen.

Emily Ryzuk

I choose to run for twp. Committee because I want a place to raise my children that is environmentally safe and socially engaged with information easily accessed by our residents. 

Denville

Nathan Gould

Nathan Gould is a devoted father, husband , and s on who has decided to take action to protect the community of Denville for future generations. Born in 1981 in Bridgeton, NJ , he was raised by his mother who instilled in him respect, a desire to learn, and the ability to think critically and independently. He graduated from Monmouth University with a BS in Computer Science and a minor in Philosophy. He stud ied the arts and sciences equally to understand how important each is in developing the mind and spirit. He has worked with his company for the past 11 years developing complex automated computer processes for Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. Through this experience, he gained the skill of recognizing various goals and perspectives to develop solutions benefiting the whole.

Jennifer Green

Jennifer Green is committed to public service and building communities where families and business have broad opportunities to thrive. She started her career as a budget and policy analyst for the House Finance Committee of the West Virginia Legislature. She works now as an Enterprise Architecture Analyst for a global publishing company in Hoboken, NJ. Jennifer holds a BA degree in journalism from Marshall University and a Master's degree in the History and Sociology of Technology from Georgia Tech. Jennifer and her husband Tim moved to Denville in 2015. She is a member of the Lake Arrowhead Board of Trustees, Denville Kiwanis Club, and serves on the Board of Hub Lakes League.

Rupande Metha

Rupande Mehta was born in India and came to the US in 2002 for her MBA. Since then she has worked for over a decade as a market research professional. In 2015, Rupande took a break from her career to work with a local nonprofit in NJ helping victims of domestic violence. In 2016, she started The SAR Foundation where she helps those affected by abuse as well as trains local and state level organizations on issues of domestic violence, intersectionality and privilege. Currently, Rupande is working with a Fortune 500 company in NJ and finishing her MPA from Rutgers University. She has lived here since 2013 with her husband, Andrew and her five-year-old daughter, Sophie. Rupande serves on the Green Sustainability and the Municipal Alliance Committees in Denville.

Wharton

Harold Kay

Mr. Kay graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1991 and then served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army reserves until 2001. He has worked in Information Technology since the early 1990’s and is currently a database manager at a private college preparatory school. In 2014 he graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a MS in information technology administration and security. 

As a candidate for Wharton Borough council, Mr. Kay is concerned about many issues including administrative transparency, revitalizing downtown, the environment, working on solutions to remedy traffic congestion, public health, and the overall quality of life for Wharton residents

Joe Lore

Born and raised in Essex County, NJ - Joe LoRe is a vested member of the International Union of Operating Engineers. First as an equipment operator and later, as an operations manager, Joe has had the opportunity to work on and provide support for many infrastructure and public works projects throughout NJ. Currently he is head of operations at Northeast Sweeping, LLC. in Belleville, NJ where he oversees estimating, Safety compliance, HR, and administration of payroll - and he still operates a machine when needed.

Over the last twenty years Joe has volunteered as a den leader in Boy Scouts, coach at the youth level for various sports(rec & travel), and is a past board member and farm league director of the Nutley East Little League (05/11).  

"Wharton is at a crossroads right now. It is undeniable that things are changing all around us. As these changes occur, it is up to the local governments to ensure that our friends and neighbors can build strong foundations for their families. Expansion of library services, access to social services, adoption of Morris County Stigma Free initiative, making downtown safer for pedestrians, and bringing wifi access to the downtown area are just some ways we can improve the quality of life for all residents and visitors."

Mendham Borough

Kristin Berkinsky

Kristin Berkinsky and her husband Gene have lived in Mendham Borough for 20 years, along with their 2 children, 2 cats, 1 dog and 6 goldfish. Her daughter Nora attends Mountain View Middle School. Her son David played football for the Twin Boro Bears and WMMHS before graduating. He now attends Pomona College where he studies chemistry and plays for the Pomona football team. Kristin is a seasoned business executive, with 20+ years of strategic and hands-on leadership within Life Sciences, Technology, Supply Chain and Financial Services industries. She has experience with start-up and high growth global companies, a proven track record of building and leading successful teams and the ability to identify issues and develop plans to address them. In addition, she has spent years helping companies work through complex mergers and integrations.She will bring her expertise in project management, due diligence, and problem solving, along with her strong commitment to Mendham Borough, to this position.

Laura Montenegro

Laura Montenegro has lived most of her life in Mendham. She first moved to Mendham in June of 1980. After graduating from Mendham High School in 1986, she lived in various places in NJ. She met her husband, Michael, at Maersk and after having their first child, Lilly; Laura’s husband was transferred to Denmark, where their second daughter, Bessie was born. They moved back to Mendham in 2005 and have lived here ever since. Both of Laura’s children have attended the Mendham School District and her eldest daughter will attend Mendham High School in the fall.

Laura works as a social worker for Robert Wood Johnson Partner, ACO in Somerset and is also a Field Instructor for MSW students at Rutgers University. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Montclair State University and her Master of Social Work from Rutgers, where her focus was on Social Work Management. She also holds Certificates on Aging and Gerontological Services and Leadership Development.   She began her journey in Social Work after working as the Assistant Director of MASH (Mendham Area Senior Housing) from 2006 through 2011. Social Work is her second career after working for Maersk, Inc. serving in various roles including Assistant Manager of Vessel Capacity and Operations and Supervisor of Export Booking and Documentation, Middle Eastern Services.

She will bring her expertise in management, communication, and thoughtful decision making, along with her understanding of the human experience, to this position.  


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