SOMERVILLE, NJ - The League of Women Voters of the Greater New Brunswick Area will hold a Candidates Forum with all candidates for Somerset County Sheriff and Somerset County Freeholder on Monday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Somerville High School Auditorium.
Candidates for Freeholder are Democrat challenger Melonie Marano and four-term incumbent Patricia Walsh, both of Greenbrook and both of whom have served as mayor of the town. In 2007, Marano and Walsh faced off in the freeholder campaign, with Walsh winning by a margin of 51.5 percent to 49.5 percent, a total of 1,867 votes.
They will answer questions from 7-8 p.m.
Candidates for Sheriff are Republican William Parenti of Watchung, chief of police in North Plainfield, and Democrat Darrin Russo of Somerset, a retired Franklin Townshop police lieutenant. Russo came close to being elected three years ago against Sheriff Frank Provenzano, winning 49 percent of the vote. Provenzano will retire at the end of this year after serving 18 years. Provenzano has endorsed Parenti as his successor.
They will answer questions from 8-9 p.m.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend to hear the views of the Democratic and Republican candidates before they vote on Nov. 5.
Somerville High School Auditorium 222 Davenport Street. Access to the auditorium is through the side entrance on Orchard Avenue.