FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Franklin Township Republican Committee participated in a second meeting this week. On Monday night, June 11th, the Committee met for its own reorganization meeting. The very next night on Tuesday, June 12th several Committee members traveled to Hillsborough to meet at the Peter J. Biondi Municipal Building for the Somerset County reorganization.

Al Gaburo, who is a resident of Montgomery Township was nominated and re-elected by acclamation along with the slate made up of individual members of Republican Committees from various Somerset County towns. Those elected to the Somerset County Executive Committee are as follows:

Beth Powers, from Bridgewater as 1st Vice Chair

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Carl Suraci, from Hillsborough as 2nd Vice Chair

Jo-Anne Schubert, from South Bound Brook as Treasurer

Leslie Workman, from Bernardsville as Secretary

Henry Kane, from Bernardsville as Finance Chair

After the program, the attendees from the Franklin Republicans talked with elected officials such as current Freeholder and former Franklin Mayor, Brian Levine. Jack Ciattarelli, former Republican candidate for Governor met briefly with the group.

Among the efforts discussed were the new Republican Immigrant Organization or RIO which is gathering all those voters who have come to this country through the lawful process. Having built lives, families and started businesses, they know first-hand that here in America, opportunities exist as in few other countries.

The Republican Immigrant Organization or “RIO” was started on April 7th by Mathew Cherian, the current president of the East Brunswick Republican Club in Middlesex County. Several chapters have been started that feature varied immigrant communities of Indian Americans, Chinese Americans, Latin Americans called RIO India, RIO China, and RIO Latin America. Franklin resident Alex Mansour, himself a business owner has joined as head of the newest area of RIO, RIO Africa.

In addition to RIO, Republicans are excited about other organizations that are emerging in New Jersey such the New Jersey African-American Republicans. Information on this organization can be found at

Republicans focus on being Americans which is what we all have in common.