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Chatham Township Republicans Select Selen for Open Seat on November Ballot; 3 Picked for Township Committee

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Republican Tayfun Selen will be on the Nov. 7 ballot seeking to fill the seat left open on the Chatham Township Committee by the resignation of John Maurer Credits: Laura Ali
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Rez Estevez is one of three Republican candidates the Chatham Township Committee will consider as an interim member to fill John Maurer's seat Credits: TAP Chatham
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John Maurer's resignation became official on Aug. 28 and the Republican Committee voted Monday night to place Tayfun Selen on the November ballot to replace him
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CHATHAM, NJ - Tayfun Selen, the chairman of the Chatham Township Republican Committee, was chosen Monday night to represent the ticket on the Nov. 7 ballot for the open seat left by the resignation of fellow Republican John Maurer from the Chatham Township Committee, according to Laura Ali, the vice chairman of the committee. 

The Chatham Township Republican Committee also selected three candidates, Selen, Rez Estevez and Robert Nevin as candidates to replace Maurer as an interim member of the Chatham Township Committee. The township committee will vote at its next meeting to select one of the three to serve in place of Maurer through the January reorganization meeting.

At the Chatham Township Committee meeting held on Aug. 17, it was announced that Maurer, whose family is moving to Raleigh, N.C., had officially resigned his seat, effective Aug. 28. The Chatham Township Democratic Committee has yet to name a candidate to oppose Selen in the Nov. 7 election. The winner of the election will fulfill Maurer's term, which runs through Dec. 31, 2019.

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The Chatham Township Committee will have three seats up for a vote in the November election. In addition to Maurer's vacant seat, Republican incumbents, Deputy Mayor Karen Swartz and committee member Mike Kelly are each seeking a second three-year term. Democrats Stacey Ewald and Tracy Ness will oppose them for those two seats.

Ali noted that there were four candidates up for the three nominee slots for the interim spot on the Chatham Township Committee. The fourth candidate was Chris Kemp.

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