SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Tuesday, Nov. 6 is Election Day. TAPintoSPF has been following the local campaigns, as well as the statewide races that are on the ballot.
Three Scotch Plains Township Council positions are up for grabs, and six candidates (three Democrats and three Republicans) are vying for the seats. TAPintoSPF has profiled each of the candidates. Here is a recap of their Five Questions With... responses.
In Fanwood, three candidates are vying for two seats. Erin McElroy-Barker is running for re-election. Brian Walter is running for the second straight year on the Republican ticket. Newcomer Patricia Walsh is in her first race for elected office.
Four candidates: Alfonse Akins, Debora Brody, Karen Kulikowski, and Tonya Williams are vying for three Scotch Plains seats on the Board of Education. Sean Foley has withdrawn from the BOE race. TAPintoSPF covered the 2018 Board of Education Candidates Night.
Three Union County Freeholder seats are in play. Al Mirabella, a Fanwood resident and Scotch Plains Township Manager, is up for reelection. His running mates are Andrea Staton of Roselle and Kimberly Mouded of Westfield. The Republican candidates for Union County Freeholder are Peter Kane, Patricia Quattrocchi, and Joseph Sarno III, a Scotch Plains resident.
Bonnie Watson Coleman (D) is challenged by Republican Daryl Kipnis in New Jersey's 12th Congressional District. Tom Malinowski (D) is in a competitive race against incumbent Leonard Lance (R) in the 7th District.
At the top of the ticket, New Jersey's Senior Senator Bob Menendez (D) is in the battle of his political life against former Marine and pharmaceutical company CEO Bob Hugin (R), who has spent $36 million of his own money on his campaign.