BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Both Democratic and Republican local committees are seeking applicants for 2020 candidates to fill two positions coming up for re-election this year on the Bernards Township Committee. Potential candidates are asked to contact the party they would like to represent before mid-February for a chance at becoming either the GOP or Democratic-endorsed candidate in this year's election.

The two three-year Township Committee terms up for election this November are now filled by Republicans John Carpenter and James Baldassare, Jr., who also is serving at this year's township mayor.

Carpenter, who is wrapping up his 15th year on the Township Committee, said he has decided "five terms is enough for me."

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Baldassare, who is completing his first three-year term said this week it would be "my honor to serve Bernards for an additional term on the Township Committee." He said he hopes to be selected by the Bernards Township Republican Municipal Committee as one of two endorsed candidates at the GOP's upcoming Feb. 17 candidate screening.

Anyone with questions or who interested in screening for one of the two seats is asked to contact Republican Committee Chairman Rich Bianchi at (917) 733-2769, or through by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7. 

Bernards Democrats accepting candidate applications through Feb. 12 for March screening

The Bernards Township Democratic Committee is also seeking candidates. The BTDC is accepting candidate applications for the two Democratic endorsements until Feb. 12, said Catherine Santaiti, the Bernard’s Township Democratic Committee's secretary and communications manager.

Those interested in running as a Democratic Township Committee candidate this year can submit the candidate application found at, she said. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Nancy D'Andrea,  BTDC Chair, at 

Democratic candidates will be screened by the BTDC nominating committee, and two candidates will be recommended to the BTDC for endorsement in early March, Santaiti said.

The BTDC supported Joan Harris, who began serving in 2019 as the Township Committee's first Democratic member in 20 years. 

The Bernards Republican committee set to hold screening on Feb. 17

The Bernards Township Republican Municipal Committee (BTRMC) is scheduled to screen prospective candidates interested in carrying the committee's endorsement to run for the two seats on the Bernards Township Committee at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17 at the Basking Ridge Firehouse, 30 Washington Ave. in Basking Ridge. Candidates for other offices who will screen are expected to attend the meeting and make a statement, according to the local Republican's organization.