HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – GOP incumbents Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley and Committeeman Doug Tomson are being challenged by Democrat candidates Jane Staats and Harry Burke for two seats on the Township Committee on Election Day Nov. 7..
Voting begins at 6 a.m. Polls close at 8 p.m.
Voters will also elect a new governor, a state Senator and two Assemblymen from the 16th District, two Somerset County Freeholders and a County Clerk in Tuesday’s election.
Several candidates on the state and county level are Hillsborough residents.
School Board elections are also held Tuesday, with three 3-year terms at stake. There are seven candidates:
Lorraine A. Soisson, Linda Fu-Fung, Ann Harris, Judith C. Haas, Nicole Risher, Lorraine A. Soisson, Kiru Thangavelu and Thomas J. Zobele.
Voters will also be asked to approve or reject two statewide ballot questions dealing with the environment and funding for library construction.
McCauley has served 9 years on the Hillsborough Township Committee. She served as Deputy Mayor in 2010 and 2012 and was unanimously selected to serve as Mayor for 2011.
She is a 20-year Hillsborough resident and local Realtor. She was also a member of the Somerset County Planning Board in 2007 and was chosen as outstanding woman in Somerset County in 2008 for Public Service.
Tomson was born and raised in Hillsborough and is a graduate of Hillsborough High School. He is the Government Affairs Director for the New Jersey Association of REALTORS. He has been on the Township Committee since 2012 and served as mayor in 2015.
Staats has lived in Hillsborough for more than 30 years and is a retired Hillsborough High School mathematics teacher. A scenic artist, she has worked on theatrical productions at the high school and with local theater groups. She is active in her church, volunteering on several committees.
Burke was born and raised in Hillsborough Township. He has worked at various programs for children and adults with disabilities, including ARC of Somerset County, Camp HEART of Hillsborough Recreation Department, and Meals on Wheels.
On the county level, voters will elect a County Clerk and two members of the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
At the top of the county ticket is County Clerk Brett Radi, a former member of the Hillsborough Township Committee. Radi has been County Clerk since 2003; he served as Deputy County Clerk from 1993-2002.
Opposing Radi is Somerville Borough Council President Steve Peter, who heads the Democratic county ticket. Peter is joined by Freeholder candidates Shanel Robinson and Alex Avellan. Robinson is a member of the Franklin Township Council; Avellan, a law school graduate, lives in Bernardsville.
Radi served as Hillsborough Township Municipal Clerk from 1988-91, and was subsequently appointed to serve as the Hillsborough Township Administrator in 1992. He was a member of the Hillsborough Township Committee from 1995-1998 serving as Deputy Mayor in 1996 and Mayor in 1997& 1998.
GOP Freeholder candidates are Somerville Mayor Brian Gallagher, who has served on the Borough Council and as a mayor for 14 years and incumbent Brian Levine, seeking his second term as a freeholder; previously, he served as mayor of Franklin Township.
Voters will also elect a new governor to replace Gov. Chris Christie, choosing between Democrat Phil Murphy and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who has served under Christie for eight years.
Hillsborough residents will also be voting in the state Senate and state Assembly races in the 16th District.
Republican incumbent Christopher “Kip” Bateman, a longtime public servant, served in the state Assembly from 1994-2008 before he was elected to the state Senate. He is opposed by Hillsborough resident and attorney Laurie Poppe. She ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Hillsborough Township committee in 2015 and 2016.
The Assembly race in the 16th District features Democrat Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker and running mate Roy Freiman, also a resident of Hillsborough is a political newcomer. He formerly was an executive with Prudential.
They are opposed by former Assemblywoman Donna Simon, a Readington resident who lost to Zwicker in 2015 by a 70-vote margin, and former Montgomery mayor and Somerset County Freeholder Mark Caliguire.
The ballot questions read as follows:
Question Number One:
Do you approve the “New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act”? This bond act authorizes the State to issue bonds in the aggregate principal amount of $125 million. The proceeds of the bonds will be used to provide grants to public libraries. The grants will be used to build, equip, and expand public libraries to increase capacity and serve the public.
INTERPRETIVE STATEMENT Approval of this bond act will allow the State to sell $125 million in State general obligation bonds. Proceeds from the bonds will be used to provide grants to construct, expand, and equip public libraries. Municipalities or counties that fund public libraries will match the grant amount. The municipality or county may solicit private funding to support its match. The State Librarian, in consultation with the President of Thomas Edison State University, will set eligibility criteria for the grants.
Question Number Two:
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT DEDICATING MONEYS FROM STATE ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION CASES Do you approve amending the Constitution to dedicate all moneys collected by the State relating to natural resource damages in cases of contamination of the environment? The moneys would have to be used to repair, restore, replace, or preserve the State’s natural resources. The moneys may also be used to pay legal or other costs incurred by the State in pursuing its claims.
INTERPRETIVE STATEMENT This amendment would dedicate moneys collected by the State relating to natural resource damages through settlements or awards for legal claims based on environmental contamination. These moneys would be dedicated to repair, replace, or restore damaged natural resources, or to preserve the State’s natural resources. The moneys would be spent in an area as close as possible to the geographical area in which the damage occurred. The moneys could also be used to pay for the State’s legal or other costs in pursuing the claims. Currently, these moneys may be used for any State purpose.
Hillsborough Polling Places:
1.Districts 1,8,30 – Neshanic Reformed Church Chapel, 715 Amwell Road.
2.Districts 2,13,14,16,19,33 – Mary Mother of God Church 1575 Triangle Road.
3.Districts 3,10,15,21,24,26,28,29,32 – Hillsborough Township Municipal Building, 379 South Branch Road.
4.Districts 4,18,22,23,31 – Hillsborough High School, 466 Raider Blvd., library side entrance.
5.Districts 5,6,7,12,17 – Hillsborough Middle School, 260 Triangle Road.
6.Districts 9,11,20,25,27 – Volunteer Fire Co. #3, 324 Woods Road.
There are 156,019 registered voters in Somerset County; 31.4 percent are registered Democrats, 24.6 percent are registered Republicans and 43.7 percent are unaffiliated.