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.

Boonton

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Edina Renfro-Michel

Edina lives in the Hill section of Boonton with her husband and two children. She is an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and in the school district. She and her family moved to Boonton in 2013 after falling in love with the diverse Boonton community and quality schools. Edina is an associate professor of counseling at a local university.

Butler

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Bob Podstawski and James McGrath

Bob & James decided to run for Town Council after they noticed year after year the current Town Council members were running unopposed. Bob and James have been going door to door, attending community events and communicating with Butler residents on Facebook to try to gather what the concerns of the citizens are. It seems that many of them have never been asked this question before!

Bob & James are running to represent ALL of the residents of Butler, on BOTH sides of the highway!

Bob & James want to get answers for the residents - why our taxes go up EVERY year, but nothing seems to change?

Bob & James are running to increase transparency and want to help make the residents of Butler more aware of issues and decisions made on the public’s behalf by the Town Council by engaging directly with residents about upcoming issues by meeting and speaking with residents and publicly inviting and encouraging residents to attend Town Meetings.

Bob & James are running for Town Council so that the residents of Butler have a voice in the decisions that are made for the town.

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. 

Chester Borough

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Stacy Strum

Deep Roots in Chester

Stacy Strum and her husband Sam fell in love with Chester 20 years ago and moved here because they thought it was the perfect place to raise a family. They have since had three children – Elijah 18, Sophie 13, and Ella 10.

Many of you may know her as a Gymboree Play & Music teacher who taught classes at the Gymboree in town for more than 10 years. Her experience there gave her an insider’s view of the challenges facing small businesses in downtown Chester.

Stacy believes we need to focus on revitalizing the Chester Borough downtown business community, parHcularly by finding a way to modernize our water and sewerage facilities. This will make it easier to attract new shops and restaurants to the empty storefronts in town. Stacy knows that a successful business community is a key factor in drawing new families to Chester, supporting property values and improving the tax base.

Dedicated Volunteer & Community Advocate

Stacy has been a committee chair for, and in 2016-17 was co-president of, the Chester PTO, helping raise more than $75k for Chester schools; a PTO homeroom Rep; an Educational Foundation of Chester volunteer; a Girl Scout Leader; and volunteer coach for local basketball and softball teams.

A Career Helping Those in Need

Stacy earned a BA in Psychology at Montclair State College. She has spent most of her career helping those in need. Early in her career she worked as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor at various hospitals throughout the state, as an inpatient and outpatient counselor, and as a psychiatric screener in the ER. Before moving to Chester, she worked for the Morris County Board of Social Services. Stacy is extremely familiar with state- and county-run programs and how to access services on behalf of Chester Borough residents.

Chester Township

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Darcy Draeger

Darcy moved to Chester in 2013 with husband Bob Hughes and children Elinor (12) and Harry (10). Since arriving, they have expanded their family to include 9 sheep, 14 chickens, 11 beehives, and rescue-dog Ollie.

Darcy is a seasoned business analyst with almost 20 years of leadership experience in the Financial Services industry. She spent the majority of her career at the global investment bank UBS AG as a vice president in Equity Research. Her primary responsibilities centered on Regulatory Analysis & Implementation and Risk Analysis & Mitigation strategies. She will use her outstanding project-management, team-building, and cost-savings expertise to benefit residents of Chester Township.

Darcy is committed to fiscal responsibility, a strong business environment, fighting tax increases, and responsible stewardship of Morris County’s natural resources. She will work to build an inclusive community that offers its residents and businesses opportunities to grow and thrive. She is a committee chair for the Chester PTO and the Chester Science Fair; a certified Rutgers Master Gardener volunteer; Summer Garden Program coordinator for Josephine’s Place in Elizabeth, NJ; and the municipal chair of the Chester Township Democratic Committee. She is also an avid runner and raises money on behalf of the National Stroke Association and Team for Kids.

Denville

Nathan Gould

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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

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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

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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.

Harding Township

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Rhonda Allen

Rhonda has lived and worked in Harding for 25 years. With her husband, Peter, she has raised two children who both attended the Harding school.

Rhonda and her husband were instrumental in ensuring T-Mobile was not allowed to mar our rural landscape with their cell tower. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and a dedicated Harding Township resident who wants to re-establish the two-party system.

Rhonda and her husband were instrumental in ensuring T-Mobile was not allowed to mar our rural landscape with their cell tower. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and a dedicated Harding Township resident who wants to re-establish the two-party system.

Kate Barry

Kate started in politics at an early age, travelling to campaign events with her father, former New Jersey Assemblyman James Barry.

She has worked on environmental policy in New York and New Jersey, and hopes to use that experience to keep Harding green. Born and raised here in Harding, Kate is now a local realtor who truly understands this community. She wants to represent your interests on the Township Committee.

Hanover

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David Rubin

David Rubin is a retired law enforcement officer with 25 years of service. He began his career as a municipal police officer in Essex County and later served in the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics, Major Crimes, Homeland Security, and Homicide units.

During his career he has been the recipient of numerous valor and meritorious awards. Currently, he is the Director of Safety Services and Compliance for the Belleville Public Schools where he also acts as a liaison to the Belleville Police Department and school resource officers.

David also moderates the Belleville School District’s Criminal Justice Option II Internship Program where he assists with supervising and fostering the partnerships of the organizations involved in the district’s community engagement initiative.

He is the father of two children, Nicolette, 20, and Michael, 17.


Main Issues:

  • Oppose high-density housing
  • Enhance and strengthen Public Safety
  • Create more programs for seniors
  • Attract quality ratables for smart growth
  • Grow youth recreation programs

Affiliations:

  • Project Help, Member- Offers support for Vets through donations for clothing housing, rehab, etc.
  • Strike Out Kidney Disease, Member
  • Wisper for Women, Trustee: Non-profit that raises funds to assist women and related organizations with
  • furthering educational goals, promoting positive community growth, enhancing educational standards.
  • McKinney-Vento, District Liaison, Belleville - Protects educational rights of homeless students in NJ.
  • Former Executive Board Member - PBA Local 325
  • Silver Card Life Member of PBA Local 325

Lincoln Park

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Patrick Antonetti

Leadership
“It is time for change in leadership of our town and we need to elect someone who will fight for all the residents,” Patrick Antonetti said. “Ensuring that our town remains attractive for future generations to build their families here is a top priority of mine. I look forward to being a voice for the community and representing our town.”

Community
Patrick is active in local politics and currently serves as a member on the Morris County Committee for Lincoln Park Borough Ward 3 District 2, as well as being the President of the Democratic Club of Lincoln Park. Patrick, 40, has been a resident of town for 8 years.
Patrick: “I will encourage residents to actively be a part of our community. We need to help our current businesses remain successful and prosperous while attracting new ones to our downtown community. I will do that by encouraging all local business owners to hold outdoor events in the spring and summer in order to attract new customers into the area. We also must keep in mind the desires and wishes of the townspeople while taking into consideration the impact that new development could have on our town.”

Dedication
As Council-at-Large, Patrick has pledged to actively work on behalf of all of the citizens of Lincoln Park. As their representative in the Lincoln Park Government, he will take up their issues and concerns to give the residents a voice in decisions that affect them and their communities. Patrick has also pledged to strive to make council meetings more public, transparent and inclusive.

Background
Currently, Patrick works at CBS RADIO as a podcast producer. He received a degree in communications from Seton Hall University. Before moving to Lincoln Park, Patrick served on the Passaic County Committee for Township of Little Falls District #8 as well as the Vice President of the Little Falls Democratic Club.

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.

Mendham Borough

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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.  

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.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

Mount Olive

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Jim Buell

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Jim has lived in Mount Olive for over 40 years. He is the last Democrat to have served on the town council, from 2004 – 2007. During that time, he earned numerous accolades from colleagues, including a resolution honoring his commitment to public service and devotion to his position on the Town Council. The Mount Olive Chronicle endorsed Jim’s candidacy each time he ran for Council, in 2003, 2007, 2009 and 2011. While serving on the Council, Jim qualified as an EMT and firefighter. He volunteered with the Flanders Fire and Rescue Company #1 from 2005 until 2011. Jim also volunteered with the Mount Olive Trap, Neuter and Release program to save feral cats.

Jim brings vast experience working within town government and an innate understanding of how to “right the ship.” He is willing and able to serve as an immediate reference point for past decisions, both good and bad, and to voice opposition when warranted.

Matt Fink

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Matthew has generated his career success through the strength of relationships he has built along the way. He is adept at working with a wide variety of personalities to find equitable solutions for all stakeholders.

Matthew was inspired to join the Town Council race after last fall’s Presidential election. He believes that today, after 40+ years of Republican majorities on the Town Council, it is passed time for a change. He looks forward to bringing a fresh voice to the council and representing Mount Olive’s Democratic, Liberal, and Progressive citizens.

Matthew handles Northern & Central New Jersey sales for Banville Wine Merchants. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Northeastern University, 2003.

Kris Grasso

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A person who always places people first, Kris has built a career over the last 20 years in clinical and operational leadership positions in health care in New Jersey as a registered nurse, a director of nursing, and a licensed nursing home administrator. Her inspiration through all of this – she wants to make a positive difference. Active listening, building strong teams, analyzing data, developing and executing strategic plans in a collaborative manner are as important in the organizations she has led as they are in local government. The skills that led her to career success are the same abilities she will utilize to benefit the residents of Mount Olive. Kris feels honored to be one of the four Mount Olive Democrats on the November ballot after an overwhelming response to a write-in campaign by Mount Olive voters in the June primary.

Kris is the Executive Director of Complex Care Management at OptumCare New Jersey/UnitedHealth Group. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Human Resource Management from Wilmington University and an Associates Degree in Nursing from Gloucester County College.

Rachel Marlowe

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Rachel Marlowe has a combined expertise in law, social services and the environment coupled with career and volunteer experience which offers our community a bright fresh perspective and a deeply committed advocate ready to serve.

Rachel was inspired to attend law school while working with autistic adults and realizing disability rights were largely ignored. While she was there, she developed a passion to stand up for all the underdogs, and became a proponent of all individuals whose rights have been infringed.

She has continued to stand up for the rights of the underprivileged. While in law school, she worked on the environmental newsletter, where she learned to analyze environmental bills in the Pennsylvania legislature. She brings expertise in environmental issues and a continued passion for the disabled community.

Rachel is a Registered Behavior Technician at Erica Tober ABA Consulting and an Advocate at the Community Justice Center. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Commonwealth Law School Widener University, 2015, and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Ramapo College of New Jersey, 2009.

Rockaway Township

Nick Wallwork

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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

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 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.

Doug Romaine

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Doug is the only Democrat in the history of the county to be elected Morris County Freeholder. He won in 1973 and served 1974 thru 77;
Doug's history of service also includes: Democratic Committeeman from 1968; Municipal Chair 69 thru 74, Rockaway Twp's 1st Environmental Officer 1970-thru 74.Campaign Manager for Congresswoman Helen Meyner; Life member National Association of Counties; Morris County Tax Commissioner 77 thru 86. Chairman Rockaway Township Financial Review Board 92 -93.

 

Washington Township

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Veronica Fernandez

Veronica and her husband of 24 years, Mike, have been residents of Long Valley for more than 17 years. During this time, they have raised their two children and run a successful family business. Prior to starting their business Veronica was a licensed Property Casualty Underwriter with municipalities, Boards of Education and other institutional entities as clients. Her insurance background combined with her skills as a business owner and mother will enable her to be an effective member of the Township Committee. She is used to hard work and solving difficult problems. Keeping an open mind and listening to other is vital in finding solutions. Veronica wants to give back to the community that has done so much for her and her family. That is why she is running for office. She cares about our town and has the skills to make a difference

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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."

 

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Sean Cope

I'm running to represent Ward 2 (Kenvil, Berkshire Valley & Succasunna) in the November 7th election. The majority of our council has held office for over a decade and most incumbents have become complacent in their duties. It's time to introduce a fresh perspective and a younger voice in the decision-making process. As a lifelong resident, I am personally familiar with our local issues and look forward to representing Ward 2 constituents on town council.

 


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