EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Are you ready for the next round? New Jersey's primary elections will be held on Tuesday June 5. For most residents of East Brunswick, though, there are few choices to make within party lines, as most candidates are running unopposed.
New Jersey is a closed primary state. This means that only voters who affiliate with a political party may vote in that party's candidate selection process (i.e., the primary election). However, unaffiliated voters may declare their party affiliation up to and including the day of the primary election. Here is the appropriate form used in New Jersey to declare party affiliation. If you are already affiliated with a political party and wish to switch to another party, you would have had to make the change 55 days before the primary. There is still time, however, to make a party change before the general election in November.
In East Brunswick, there are three Township Council positions up for grabs in this election. Councilman Sterley Stanley (D) and Council President Michael Spadafino (D) will retain their seats. Former Council President Michael Hughes (R) is not seeking re-election. Mayor Brad Cohen is a Democrat.
For the Republicans, incumbent Camille Ferraro Clark leads the team of candidates. She is joined by Curt Philipczak and Thomas Szaro. All three candidates are supported by the Middlesex County Republican Organization (MCRO.)
For the Democrats, incumbent Jim Wendell is joined by former Mayor Kevin McEvoy and Sharon Sullivan. All three candidates are supported by the Middlesex County Democratic Organization (MCDO.)
Following the primary election, statements from all candidates are forthcoming on TAPinto East Brunswick.
At the county level, the MCRO is supporting Richard N. Castaldo and Lewis Glogower for Freeholder. Glogower ran as the Republican candidate for New Jersey Senate against Patrick Diegnan (D) in 2017.
The Democrats are fronting two incumbents for the Freeholder position. On the ballot are current Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios and Freeholder Shanti Narra.
Incumbent Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D) is running unopposed in the primary for the Twelfth Congressional District which includes 31 towns in Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, and Union Counties. The Republican candidate, who is also unopposed within this party, is Daryl Kipnis, who was a 2017 Republican candidate for District 17 of the New Jersey State Senate.
New Jersey's sitting Senator Robert Menendez has the support of the MCDO, yet is facing opposition from Lisa A. McCormick who represents Democrats for Change, a Progressive group of Democrats with some links to the views of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
For the Republicans, Bob Hugin has the support of the MCRO while facing a challenge from Brian D. Goldberg who is a member of the Middlesex County MAGA Republicans, a conservative group of Republicans aligned with the views of President Donald J. Trump.
In each voting district of East Brunswick, there are a variety of candidates who are running - many positions are unopposed, some are as yet unfilled - for members of the Republican Committee that represents the township. This is not a primary for them; this is their actual election. The Democrats and Republicans run in alternating years, so there are no Democratic candidates presented for this year. Here is the complete list of Republican Committee candidates in East Brunswick for 2018.
Voting locations and local districts are listed at the the top of the sample ballot residents who are registered in political parties received in the mail. Here is a map of all districts in East Brunswick.