BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Primary elections are a chance for party members to select who they want to represent them in November's general elections _ and the final results from the July primary election posted by Somerset County this week show that all uncontested party candidates won a spot on the November ballot.

Now, the primary election candidates, Republicans James Baldassare, Jr. and Kathleen Grochala, and Democrats Sophia Chadda and Jonathan Sandler, will compete against each other in November for two available three-year terms on the Bernards Township Committee starting in 2021.

The Democratic candidates, Chadda and Sandler, showed slightly more support among their party members in July, with 2,585 and 2,488 votes respectively.

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Baldassare received a vote of confidence from 2,408 township Republicans, while Grochala received 2,353 votes.

Only one candidate, Baldassare, is an incumbent in the race for the two Township Committee seats. His running mate in the previous election, longtime Republican Committeeman John Carpenter, declined to seek re-election.

Voters had several options for the July 7 primary election this year, whether by voting by mail, dropping the ballot in a secure "ballot box" placed in the lobby at the municipal building, or voting in person on July 7. 

The primary election in New Jersey is normally held the first Tuesday in June, but was delayed this year  as alternate voting modes were set up to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus.