BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The New Jersey Republican Primary is quickly approaching, and the Berkeley Heights Republican Municipal Committee cordially invites voters to get to know Peter Bavoso and Manuel Couto, their candidates for Township Council on May 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. at a casual gathering at the Tiki Bar, upstairs at Nagoya Restaurant, located at 538 Springfield Ave. in Berkeley Heights. Light appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. 

“Peter and Manuel are eager to meet our voters,” said Committee Chairwoman Heidi Cohen. Donations for the Bavoso and Couto campaign are welcome. Primary voters will have a chance to get to know the candidates and hear about their exciting platform: Together.  Forward.  “With so much happening in our town, we wanted to provide a chance for people to get to know the individuals who are excited to share their commitment, leadership and ideas, and who are willing to do the hard work to help shape our future,” said Cohen.   

A recent press release submitted to TAP into Berkeley Heights states, "Bavoso and Couto recognize how essential it is for all residents to feel connected to their community and to feel that their thoughts and input are welcomed, received with an open mind and an appreciation for all points of view. Recognizing there are many internal and external factors impacting Berkeley Heights, its fiscal strength and property values, the Bavoso and Couto team believes that continued sustainability, growth and development cannot be done solely on the backs of taxpayers. 

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They are committed to working collaboratively and expanding public/private partnerships and further efforts to seek joint, alternative and new funding sources. With a respect for its traditions and heritage and a constant eye toward a thriving future, they are passionate in their belief that Berkeley Heights retains its hometown feeling and continues to move forward as a sought after, vibrant community that attracts businesses and corporations, maintains its outstanding school system, remains affordable for its residents, and ensures that its downtown, roadways, sidewalks, municipal facilities and parks are both attractive and safe."  

The event on May 6 provides a chance to meet the candidates and learn more.  For additional information or to RSVP for the event, please call  (908) 370-9891 or email Julie.Lloyd@verizon.net. 

New Jersey's Republican Primary election is on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.  Polls are open from  6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and voters go to their regular polling location. There is a 21-day voter registration deadline in New Jersey for all elections. For the June 7, 2016 Primary, that deadline is Tuesday, May 17. Voter registration applications are available at the Berkeley Heights Municipal Clerk’s office or can be downloaded online at the Union County Clerk website. If you have recently moved be sure to check your voter registration status.  If you think you might not be available to vote on June 7, absentee ballot information is also available through the Union County Clerk website. 

Primary elections held in New Jersey each June are the only elections where party affiliation affects the candidates for whom you can vote. This means that only Republican voters can nominate Republican candidates. Voters wishing to participate in the New Jersey Republican Primary who are unaffiliated with any political party or group can declare affiliation as a Republican prior to the Primary or actually on June 7 at their polling location.