BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Even with all eyes on the U.S. presidential election, Bernards Township voters must make choices this Nov. 3 in another contested election race that will change the composition of the Bernards Township Committee, whether their votes are cast by mail, ballot box, or at the polls.

In fact, it's a competition times two, with four candidates _ a full slate of Republican and Democratic candidates _ running for two available seats on the Bernards Township Committee.

This year, Democrats Sophia Chadda and Jonathan Sandler are competing against Republican James Baldassare Jr. and and his running mate, Kate Grochala. 

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The Republicans had a lock on the five-member Bernards Township Committee for about two decades, until Democrat Joan Bannan Harris won election to the governing body in November 2018. 

Only one of this year's candidates, Baldassare, is an incumbent, finishing up his first three-year term on the Township Committee, and serving as mayor this year. 

Republicans Baldassare and Grochala's candidate statements are here.

Democratic candidate Chadda's candidate statement is here. Sandler's candidate statement as Democratic candidate for Township Committee is here

Information for Bernards Township voters on this year's election is posted on the Bernards Township website.