HAWTHORNE, NJ - With Election Day mere days away, candidates in town running for the Ward 3 council seat in the special election and for BOE are making their final pitches to voters and conducting final campaign-related activities.
One critical requirement for candidates, and town political party organizations, is the filing of campaign finance reports throughout the election cycle to the Election Law Enforcement Commission of NJ (ELEC).
Candidates are required to file pre-Election Day reports, 11-day reports, and post-Election Day reports, or are required to sign statements indicating they won't raise or spend over $5,100 or accept contributions over $300 during the course of the campaign. If they do, they are required to fill out additional forms.
In Ward 3's special election for council, incumbent Republican Michael Sciarra filed the form indicating he won't spend over $5,100 in his campaign; he also submitted a form indicating he received a $700 contribution from a single source. Green Party candidate Craig Cayetano also filled out the form indicating he won't spend over $5,100 in his campaign; he also submitted a form indicating he received a $500 contribution from the Green Party of New Jersey. Democratic candidate Kimberly Maciejewski also filed the form indicating she won't spend over $5,100 in her campaign.
In the BOE race, incumbent BOE member Joe Carr filed the designation form indicating he opened a campaign account, as did incumbent Michael Doyle. Incumbent Anthony Puluse hasn't filed any forms yet. BOE candidate Dr. Alma Morel filed a designation form. Candidate Kevin Bergen filed a designation form, and a supplemental form indicating he's raised $1,040 from mostly small dollar donations.
The town party organizations are required to file quarterly reports with ELEC, due on April 15 (for Quarter 1), July 15 (for Quarter 2), October 15 (for Quarter 3), and January 15 (for Quarter 4).
The Hawthorne Republican Organization has filed reports for the 1st and 2nd quarters, albeit late, for this year. The most recent filing, the 2nd quarter, shows the party with $1,766 cash-on-hand as of June 30th of this year. The party's Quarter 3, due on October 15, has either not yet been filed or is not available yet.
The Hawthorne Democratic Organization has not filed any reports yet for this year. The last available report, from the 4th Quarter of 2019, showed $566 cash-on-hand as of December 31 of last year.
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