SOMERSET, NJ - Hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade pizza, and a side of environmentalism were on the menu Saturday afternoon during the JFK Club of Franklin Township annual Democrats Picnic at Colonial Park.

“As Franklin goes, so goes Somerset County, that means when you guys win, we win,” Somerset County Democratic Chair, Peggy Schaffer said. “For the first time in ever, I think we in this county have 20 local races. We live in very weird times as you all know, there is a discussion about building walls. I want to build a wall around New Jersey, and make sure we stand for the diversity and the principle of all the things we Democrats believe in.”

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The purpose of the picnic was to have Democratic supporters come together to meet and great their local, county and state officials and those running to become officials in an informal setting. 

Assemblyman Joe Danielsen also expressed his thoughts regarding the June primaries. 

During the picnic, the township mayor and council were also recognized by local environmental groups for their opposition to various projects, which they feel will have a negative impact on the community. 

Franklin Township has four council seats currently held by Democrats up for grabs this November, two township residents competing for a Somerset County Freeholder seat, and three other residents competing for assembly seats. 

According to the Somerset County Clerk’s office, Democratic incumbent Councilman, Theodore Chase will face Republican Laxman Kanduri in Ward one, Democrat William Galtieri and Republican Scott Siegel will face off in Ward two, Councilwoman Rozalyn Sherman will not run again for her Ward two seat. 

Democratic incumbent Councilman, Charles Onyejiaka will face Republican Beverly Briggs-Lawson in Ward three, and Democratic, Deputy Mayor, Carl Wright will run against Republican Estelle M. Mitzen in Ward four.

Democratic incumbent Councilman, James Vassanella will run against, two opponents, Republican Nabil B. Choueiri, and Independent, Linda M. Montgomery-Williams for Ward five seat. 

Democratic incumbent, Danielsen of Franklin and Joseph Egan, will face Republican challengers Robert Quinn and Nadine Wilkins in the general election, both of whom reside in Franklin.

Two more residents from Franklin will face each other in the general election this November, Republican incumbent Freeholder Brian D. Levine, will face Democratic challenger, Councilwoman At-Large Shanel Robinson.

Franklin resident Republican Daryl Kipnis will face Democratic incumbent Sen. Bob Smith for the seat in the fall

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