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And Then There Were Five: Chatham Township Committee Swears in Selen

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Newest Chatham Township Committee member, Tayfun Selen, takes his seat next to committee member Mike Kelly on Thursday Credits: TAP Chatham
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Tayfun Selen with his family after he was sworn in as the newest member of the Chatham Township Committee Credits: TAP Chatham
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CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Township Committee returned to a five-member contingent on Thursday night when Republican Tayfun Selen was sworn in as an interim member.

Selen was selected in a unanimous vote of the Chatham Township Committee in a special meeting held Tuesday night to fill the vacant seat of John Maurer, who moved to North Carolina over the summer and resigned his position on Aug. 28.

Selen will be the Republican on the ballot in November when he will be opposed by Democrat Salil Sheth. The winner of the Nov. 7 election will complete the unexpired term of Maurer, which runs through Dec. 31, 2019. Regardless, Selen will remain as a committee member until the 2018 reorganization meeting in January. 

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The other Republican nominees to fill Maurer's term on an interim basis were Rez Estevez and Robert Nevin. 

Tayfun Selen is sworn in as an interim member of the Chatham Township Committee by township clerk Greg LaConte

Three seats will be up for grabs in the November election. Selen and Sheth will pair off for Maurer's seat while Republican incumbents, Chatham Township Deputy Mayor Karen Swartz and committee member Mike Kelly will each be seeking re-election to three-year terms. They will be opposed by Democrats Stacey Ewald and Tracy Ness.

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