HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Township Democrats have turned to Jeffrey Wright, narrowly defeated in last year's race for a seat on the Township Committee to unseat longtime Republican incumbent Mayor Frank DelCore, seeking his fifth three-year term on the Township Committee.
DelCore has been elected as mayor five times by his colleagues during his 12 years on the Township Committee.
DelCore and Wright will face off in the Nov. 5th General Election, which also includes five residents running for three seats on the Hillsborough Board of Education; a race for Somerset County Freeholder and Somerset County Sheriff and a contest for two Assembly seats in the 16th District, which includes all of Hillsborough and several other towns in Somerset, Middlesex, Mercer and Hunterdon counties.
"I believe that my leadership and experience has played a large part in Hillsborough’s outstanding reputation," DelCore said. "As a member of the Hillsborough Township committee for the past 12 years, I am extremely proud of my role in driving fiscal responsibility leading to an AA+ credit rating, actions taken to improve the quality of life for residents such as infrastructure upgrades, open space acquisition and parkland development," he added. "I continue to be driven by public service because I want to continue to give back to the community that has been so good to me and my family.
"In local government, experience and results matter. I have a track record of leadership and the experience necessary to continue to move Hillsborough forward as one of the best places to live in America," DelCore continued." As I promised when I first ran, I make every financial decision with the mindset that the taxpayers come first…taking a business-like approach to spending. Hillsborough maintains very low debt, and the lowest per capita spend of any surrounding municipality due to the fiscal prudence that has been one of my core priorities," the mayor said.
"I am quite proud of the work my Republican colleagues and I have done on fiscal matters and reducing the municipal tax rate," DelCore added. "Hillsborough continues to be an award-winning community and is consistently recognized as One of the Best Places to Live. I am extremely proud of the reputation Hillsborough has and I will continue to make the type of prudent and responsible decisions that have helped lead Hillsborough to its stellar status."
Wright, who moved to Hillsborough from Piscataway in 2014, is a financial advisor.
"I will bring a much-needed forward-thinking approach to every decision, vote, and action I take as Township Committeeman," Wright said.
The Democratic challenger served on the Piscataway Township Zoning Board of Adjustment and Open Space and Senior Citizen Housing Boards.
"When I ran for Township Committee in 2018, I had the privilege of speaking to thousands of our fellow residents from across all political ideologies and opinions," Wright said. "I realized that there is so much more that we have in common than we think. We are all concerned about the state of our roadways. We are all worried about the stresses that mismanaged development is causing to our schools, sports, open space, and community programs. We are all watching our tax bills rise while community services like Hillsborough EMS are cut and outsourced," he added. "We all drive pass the deserted storefronts that could become the foundation of an exciting 21st century downtown destination for new businesses, industries, and investment.
"Great things are possible when communities unite around a common vision," Wright continued. "What is our town going to look like in five, ten, fifteen years? I see a town where lifelong residents can afford to stay while new businesses bring millions of dollars in new revenue. I see a fully planned, sustainable investment in roads and infrastructure that will save millions of dollars in the long term compared to our current system of short term patchwork repair. I see a community that reaches with hope towards the future while building on its strong past. This is the vision I want to bring to the Township Committee," Wright said.
Five township residents filed with the Somerset County Board of Elections in July to run for three seats on the Hillsborough Board of Education.
Filing for the three, 3-year terms in Hillsborough are current school board members Joyce Eldrige-Howard, 75 Weber Ave.; Gregory Gillette, 401 Conover Drive and Jean Trujillo, 5 Eric Court.
Also filing was Paul D. Marini, 16 Harvest Drive, treasurer of the Hillsborough Elementary School HSA, and John P. Oliver, 233 Woods Road.
Bill Parenti, Chief of Police in North Plainfield, will face off against Democrat Darren Russo, a retired Franklin Township police lieutenant in the race for Somerset County Sheriff. Russo ran unsuccessfully against retiring Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano three years ago, losing narrowly by 600 votes. Provenzano has endorsed Parenti as his successor.
Somerset County Deputy Freeholder Director Pat Walsh, who has served on the board since 2008, will be running against Democrat Melonie Marano, who, like Walsh, is a former Green Brook mayor.
Walsh and Marano faced off in the 2007 Freeholder race, won by Walsh.
Running unopposed for reelection in the 16th Assembly District are Democrat incumbents Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, seeking his third two-year term and Assemblyman Roy Freiman, a resident of Hillsborough who is seeking his second two-year term.
The GOP candidates for 16th District Assembly seats are former Montgomery mayor and former Somerset County Freeholder Mark Caliguire, who ran unsuccessfully against Freiman for Assembly two years ago, and former Montgomery mayor Christine Madrid. Caliguire also served as mayor of Montgomery before he was elected to the Board of Freeholders.
Voters will also be asked to approve a constitutional amendment that will affect property tax deductions for veterans:
New Jersey Public Question 1, the Property Tax Deduction for Veterans Extended to Continuing Care Retirement Communities Amendment, is on the ballot as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment:
A "yes" vote supports this constitutional amendment to:
- extend th $250 property tax deduction that veterans receive to continuing care retirement centers on behalf of the veterans living there and
- require the retirement centers to pass the value of the deduction to veterans in the form of credits or payments.
A "no" vote would thus
- continue to provide the $250 property tax deduction to veterans who are property owners or stockholders in a housing cooperative but
- excluding continuing care retirement centers from receiving the deduction on behalf of veterans living there and passing the value of the deduction on to veterans.
Hillsborough Township Polling Locations
District – Location
1 – Neshanic Reformed Church Chapel, 715 Amwell Road & River Road
2 – Mary Mother of God Church, 157 South Triangle Road
3 – Municipal Building, 379 South Branch Road
4 – Hillsborough High School, 466 Raider Blvd.
5 – Hillsborough Middle School, 260 Triangle Road
6 – Hillsborough Middle School, 260 Triangle Road
7 – Hillsborough Middle School, 260 Triangle Road
8 – Neshanic Reformed Church Chapel, 715 Amwell Road & River Road
9 – Volunteer Fire Co. No. 3, 324 Woods Road
10 – Municipal Building, 379 South Branch Road
11 – Volunteer Fire Co. No. 3, 324 Woods Road
12 – Hillsborough Middle School, 260 Triangle Road
13 – Mary Mother of God Church, 157 South Triangle Road
14 – Mary Mother of God Church, 157 South Triangle Road
15 – Municipal Building, 379 South Branch Road
16 – Mary Mother of God Church, 157 South Triangle Road
17 – Hillsborough Middle School, 260 Triangle Road
18 – Hillsborough High School, 466 Raider Blvd.
19 – Mary Mother of God Church, 157 South Triangle Road
20 – Volunteer Fire Co. No. 3, 324 Woods Road
21 – Municipal Building, 379 South Branch Road
22 – Hillsborough High School, 466 Raider Blvd.
23 – Hillsborough High School, 466 Raider Blvd.
24 – Municipal Building, 379 South Branch Road
25 – Volunteer Fire Co. No. 3, 324 Woods Road
26 – Municipal Building, 379 South Branch Road
27 – Volunteer Fire Co. No. 3, 324 Woods Road
28 – Municipal Building, 379 South Branch Road
29 – Municipal Building, 379 South Branch Road
30 – Neshanic Reformed Church Chapel, 715 Amwell Road & River Road
31 – Hillsborough High School, 466 Raider Blvd.
32 – Municipal Building, 379 South Branch Road
33 – Mary Mother of God Church, 157 South Triangle Road