BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ There will be a race in this year's campaign for two seats available on the Bernards Township Committee - but not in next Tuesday's primary election. The candidates who are unopposed in seeking their party's nomination for two spots on November's ballot aren't facing their competition until fall's general election.
The printed ballot for the primary election includes the name of two Democrats and two Republicans for the two three-year terms that will begin on the Township Committee starting next January.
Democrats Joan B. Harris and Robert J. Mascia are listed on the ballot as the two candidates seeking to represent the local Democratic party in November election.
Republicans John Surano and Joseph Esposito, who would be newcomers to the all-Republican Township Committee if elected, are unopposed in seeking their party's nomination on Tuesday.
There is space for write-in candidates on the primary ballot.
Polls open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday
Polls will be open in the statewide primary election from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. next Tuesday. Registered voters have been mailed a sample ballot that highlights their voting district and the address of their polling location.
No incumbent candidates are listed on the ballot in the race for Township Committee. Township Committee members John Malay and Carolyn Gaziano, both Republicans, did not file for re-election to the governing body.
Races for other elected officials
There was some competition among candidates seeking their party's nomination for United States senator (Democrats Lisa A. McCormick vs. incumbent Robert Mendendez; and Republicans Bob Hugin and Robert D. Goldberg).
U.S. House of Representative Leonard Lance, the Republican representing District 7 and endorsed by Somerset County Republicans, is facing opposition from two other Republican candidates seeking the GOP nomination for their party (Raafat Barsoom, listed as "True Conservative," and Lindsay C. Brown, whose name is listed on the ballot as the candidate with "A New Vision for New Jersey."
Democratic House of Representative candidate Tom Malinowski, endorsed by County Democrats, is facing opposition from Peter Jacob ("Reform Democrats for New Jersey") and Goutam Jois (Democrats #Resist).
No competition in primary races for Somerset County Freeholder
Two Democrats and two Republicans are also unopposed in seeking their party's nomination for two positions on the Somerset County Board of Freeholders in the November election.
Democrats Shanel Robinson and Sara Sooy will be listed on the ballot seeking their party's nomination for Somerset County Freeholders, as will Republican candidates Patrick Scaglione and Mark Caliguire, both incumbent freeholders.