SOMERSET, NJ - This Tuesday, Nov. 5 voters will head to the polls to cast their votes for local, county and state-level offices. Read below to find out who's on the ballot, what they have to say to voters, where to vote and more. 

The ballot

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Assembly - Incumbents Assemblyman, Joseph Danielsen (D) and Assemblyman, Joseph V. Egan (D) will face Patricia Badovinac (R) and Maria Conception Powell (R) on election day to represent the 17th District which includes Franklin (Somerset), Milltown, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, and Piscataway. 

Somerset County

County Sheriff - Frank J. Provenzano, is not seeking re-election. Retired Franklin Township Police Lieutenant Darrin Russo (D) will face, North Plainfield Police Chief Bill Parenti (R) to replace Provenzano as the top cop in the county. 

Board of Chosen Freeholders - Incumbent Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director, Pat Walsh (R), will face Melonie Marano (D). The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders was exclusively Republicans for decades, until Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, swore in Shanel Robinson and Sarah Sooy as the first Democrats in January. 

Township of Franklin

Municipal - Incumbent, Mayor Phil Kramer (D) will meet challenger Beverly Briggs-Lawson (R) during the November election.

Incumbents, Councilwoman At-Large Kimberly Francois (D), and Councilwoman At-Large Crystal Pruitt (D), and running mate Sivaraman Anbarasan (D) will face Santhosh (Sam) K. Velu (R), Alhaji (Noah) Fofanah (R), and Christina Ganzer-Zambri (R) for the three Council At-Large seats available in November. 

Board of Education -  Incumbents, Nancy LaCorte and Ardaman Singh along with Walter B. Jackson, Jr. and Hugh A. Scott will compete for three seats on the board. LaCorte has served as president, while Singh has been board vice-president.

What do the candidates have to say

Many candidates have been provided the opportunity to submit free candidate statements directly to TAPinto Franklin/Somerset to speak to voters in their own words. All statements received have been published to TAPinto Franklin/Somerset's candidate statement page, TAP here to visit page. 

Ballot Question Decides Support for Vets in Retirement Communities

Voters are being asked to approve a small tax break for a few thousand veterans and their spouses, at a cost of less than $1 million a year. TAP here for more information. 

Polling information

Make sure you get as informed as you can about each candidate and vote at your polling place which is listed on your sample ballot. If you do not have your sample ballot, you may look up your polling place by clicking here. The Somerset County Clerk's Office has extended its hours to take on mail-in ballots

The township recently made the following announcement regarding the changing of polling stations:

ELECTION DISTRICTS 30, 31, 32, 33 & 34

voting has returned to the former Consolata Missions, now the Board of Education Building at 2301 Route 27, Somerset now that the renovations to the building have been completed.  Voting will continue at this location from this time forward. 

ELECTION DISTRICT 9

has been relocated to the former Consolata Missions, now the Board of Education Building at 2301 Route 27, Somerset.  Voting will continue at this location from this time forward.  Voting is no longer at Society Hill II Clubhouse, 111 Fisher Drive, Franklin Park.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Township Clerk’s Office at 732-873-2500 ext. 6208.  All staff in the office will be able to assist you.

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