CRANFORD - The Cranford Republican Committee has announced its 2020 candidates for Cranford’s Township Committee, Chrissa Stulpin and Gina Black. 

Chrissa and her husband, Joe, have made Cranford their home for almost twenty years and have two daughters. She is currently an active member of the Cranford Community Connection, serves as a coach for Cranford PAL (Police Athletic League) Cheer, and volunteers time with Cranford Baseball and Softball League. Her past service includes appointments to Centennial Village Group, Cranford Business Park Committee, and Downtown Management Board. As a busy, working mother, she still finds time to devote to PTA activities, such as previously serving as Treasurer for Walnut Avenue School PTA, and enjoys continuing to work on events for Cranford Schools.

Stulpin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Performing Arts from Stockton University. She has been a Sales and Marketing professional in Diagnostic/Molecular Imaging and Radiopharmaceuticals for over 18 years. Chrissa plans to bring project management, operations, management and planning skills to the role of Township Commissioner if elected.

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“We are all dealing with the new reality of social distancing and keeping our families and neighbors safe," said Stulpin. "Cranford will come out on the other side even stronger than before. We will need to help each other get back on our feet, from our neighbors to our small businesses. Cranford always pulls together.”

Black has been an active member of the Cranford Community for the past thirty years. While raising two sons, Aaron and Nick, she has served on a number of committees in the Cranford Public School system. She was active in the Cranford Soccer Club, where she served as Safety Coordinator. Black also served for eight years on the board of an employee run corporate day care center holding the positions of Treasurer and Vice President.

Ms. Black holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Penn State University and a Master of Science in Medicinal Chemistry from Rutgers University. Working as a Research and Development Scientist in the pharmaceutical industry led to her current position as a Technical Application Specialist for a global, scientific instrument firm. She believes her management skills and professional experience will add to her role as a Township Commissioner, if elected.

As a working mother, Black has balanced raising her boys, working full time, and serving the community. She is looking forward to working hard for Cranford residents and having their priorities heard.

“During the past weeks, we’ve seen Cranford rise once again to face the incredible challenge we face with the spread of the coronavirus," said Black. "This town is amazing and I am so proud to be a part of it.”

Incumbents Patrick Giblin (D) and Jean-Albert Maisonneuve (D) have both decided against reelection. Representing the Democrat Ticket this November will be Brian Andrews and Jason Gareis. The current Cranford Township Committee consists of four Democrats (Giblin, Maisonneuve, Kathleen Miller Prunty, Thomas Hannen, Jr.) and one Republican (Mary O'Connor). 

Cranford is governed under the Township form of government. The five-member Township Committee is elected directly by the voters at-large in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election in a three-year cycle.

The Committee members elect a chairman of the committee who assumes the title of Mayor and another who is selected as Deputy Mayor. Both positions carry one-year terms. Four of the committee members take on departmental oversight assignments as Commissioner of Finance, Commissioner of Public Safety, Commissioner of Public Works and Engineering, and Commissioner of Public Affairs. The Mayor of Cranford does not take on a departmental assignment. The Township Committee is a part-time body and the township government is run day-to-day by the Township Administrator and various department heads.

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