RARITAN, NJ - Two Democratic write-in candidates earned enough votes in Tuesday's primary elections to make it onto the ballot for November's general elections in Raritan, according to the unofficial election results.
There are two seats up for grabs on the borough council this year, with terms for Zachary Bray and Robert McGinley ending at the end of this year.
Bray and Republican Craig Goetsch were running unopposed for the Republican nominations for the two seats in the primaries. McGinley is not seeking re-election.
As of the deadline for the primaries, there were no Democrats on the ballot, but there were several write-in candidates in the election.
Former councilman James Foohey received 21 write-in votes and Justice Ifan earned 14 write-in votes.
According to borough clerk Eric Colvin, it takes 13 votes to mount a successful write-in campaign to be on the ballot as Democratic candidates in November.
For Foohey, who opted not to run for re-election after his term ended in 2017, he was initially going to take some time off from politics, but they couldn't find any candidates.
"Honestly, I do miss being on the council," he said. "Five minutes during the public comments part of the meetings is not enough for me. I feel like I can still make a difference."
"That should always be the main reason anyone runs for office," he added.
Ifan said he is ready to get started on the campaign.
“I’m thankful Jim and I received the nomination to be on November’s ballot,” he said. “I’m looking forward to canvassing the community, getting to know the people and hearing their stories.”
In Raritan only, for senator, Republican Bob Hugin earned more votes than Brian Goldberg for the Republican nomination, and Lisa McCormick earned more votes than Robert Menendez for the Democratic nomination.
For the House of Representatives, in Raritan alone, incumbent Republican Leonard Lance defeated his opponents with 140 votes, while Tom Malinowski defeated his fellow Democrats with 115 votes.
The candidates for the Republican and Democratic nominations for Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders were unopposed. Running on the Republican ticket are incumbents Patrick Scaglione and Mark Caliguire, and running on the Democratic ticket are Shanel Robinson and Sara Soy.
In Bridgewater, for Senate, Hugin also earned more votes than Goldberg, while McCormick also earned more than Menendez.
For House of Representatives, in Bridgewater, Lance defeated his opponents with 1,508 votes for the Republican nomination, while Malinowski defeated his opponents with 1,225 votes.
There are no local races in Bridgewater this year.