HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Township Committee will select a new member at its meeting Aug.14 to fill the vacancy created by former Committeeman Greg Burchette, who resigned recently.

Ken Scherer, chairman of the Hillsborough Republican Party, has forwarded the names of three Republicans to the Township Committee for their consideration as required by state law.

The chosen Republican will be sworn into office that night to complete Burchette’s unexpired term which ends Dec. 31.

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“For five and one-half years, Greg Burchette has served the Township with distinction.  We thank him for his service and many efforts in improving our quality of life,” said Scherer.  “As chair of the Hillsborough Republican Party, it is my responsibility to forward the names of three citizens to the Township Committee so they can fill the vacated seat.  I’m proud to have forwarded the names of three highly qualified individuals, all of whom can make an immediate impact on the Township Committee.”

The names and abbreviated backgrounds of the three individuals forwarded by Scherer are:

Shawn Lipani - A life-long resident of the Township, Lipani has been active in the community his entire life. He currently serves as chairman of the Hillsborough Planning Board. He has also been a member of the Hillsborough Economic Development Board, Board of Adjustment, Capital Planning Board, Rotary and Youth Services Commission. Married 24 years with a daughter, Mr. Lipani runs Central Jersey Nurseries, a family-owned business that has operated in Hillsborough for decades.  

Ron Skobo - A retired law enforcement professional, Skobo has lived in Hillsborough for more than 40 years. His many community efforts include the Township’s Recreation Commission, Cultural & Arts Commission and Planning Board. He has also served as Somerset Treatment Services Board president and volunteered for Somerset County Youth Leadership. A member of the Elks Lodge, Mr. Skobo is married 47 years with two children and six grandchildren.

Helen “Chickie” Haines - A retired teacher and elementary school principal, Haines has lived in the township for 42 years. She previously served as deputy mayor on the Township Committee and as amember of the Planning Board and Environmental Commission. She is currently on the Board of Adjustment and Open Space Advisory Committee, where she also serves as chair. Haines has 2 sons who graduated from Hillsborough High School.

Lipani and Skobo are the Republican candidates on the ballot this November for two seats on the Township Committee.