BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Republican Municipal Committee chose incumbents Allen Kurdyla, Howard Norgalis and Filipe Pedroso to run for three open four-year terms on the Bridgewater Township Council in November.
Kurdyla, according to a release, was first elected in 2004 and is currently serving as the council president. He is a member of the Open Space Committee to help direct the town's efforts in acquiring and preserving open space.
"Thank you to the municipal committee for their endorsement so that I can be a candidate again for council," Kurdyla said in the release. "I look forward to running a campaign with my running mates Filipe Pedroso and Howard Norgalis. We are proud to be part of a group that works together to provide services to Bridgewater Township."
Kurdyla has lived in Bridgewater since 1967, where he and his wife Nancy have raised three children. He has also served on the Finderne Fire Department for 50 years, and has been an elected member of the Board of Fire Commissioners for Fire District 4 since 1978 and served as its chairman since 1996.
Norgalis was first elected to the council in 2004, and served as chairman of the planning board prior to that. He also served on the zoning board for six years. He has a master's degree in Business Administration, and has put those skills to use as a member of the council's budget and finance subcommittees.
"I want to thank the Bridgewater Republican Municipal Council for their overwhelming support in reaffirming the council candidacy for the Team of Kurdyla, Norgalis and Pedroso," he said in the release. "Bridgewater is a great town, and we, as a team, have been and will continue to be committed to support the values and ideals that make it a great place to live."
Norgalis, who also raised children in Bridgewater, served 37 years as a volunteer with the North Branch Volunteer Fire Company, as well as serving as a fire commissioner. He was the first member of the North Branch Volunteer Fire Company to receive its Life Time Achievement Award.
Pedroso was first appointed to fill a vacancy on the council, and then won a special election in 2012 as well as re-election in 2013. He has served as a member of the budget/finance subcommittee, revitalized the town's Creative Arts Committee, and served on the zoning board prior to joining the council.
"Every time I sit at the council seat, I think about what a great privilege it is to serve all 45,000 Bridgewater residents," he said in the release. "Every decision and vote I make is always with the residents' best interests in mind."
Pedroso moved to Bridgewater in 1977 when he was 7 years old, and lives in town with his wife and three daughters.
The names of the three incumbents who were chosen will now be submitted to the chairman of the Somerset County Republican Organization to be added to the official slate of party candidates to hold the Republican line during the primary elections June 6.