MILLBURN, NJ - Election season in full swing and Millburn Township residents are beginning to thinking about the candidates for the one Township Committee open seat. While the election will not take place until November, Millburn’s primary happens on June 5. The primaries grant voters a significant amount of control over the candidates in the November election.
Primaries give voters the chance to choose which candidates will appear on the ballot for an upcoming election. In Millburn’s case, the election is for the Township Committee, which deals with all the day-to-day issues of the town. In the primaries, individuals registered to vote as a Democrat or Republican can vote to determine their parties candidate. There are often a few candidates to choose from for each party, and the ones that secure the nominations in the primary will be on the ballot for the November election.
Each party selects candidates to support on the ballot for the June primary. The candidate that a party endorses is chosen based on a multitude of factors, mainly how well that candidate reflects the views and goals of the party at the time. A candidate not endorsed by a party can still appear on the primary ballot. There are four ways that a candidate can get on the primary ballot in NJ.
1. The candidate can receive a nomination from a political party that is recognized by the state, which would automatically put them on the ballot.
2. The candidate can run as a partisan, but not seek the endorsement of a state-recognized political party. This candidate would have to persuade townspeople to sign a petition to get on the ballot.
3. The candidate can run as an independent (not affiliated with a political party). This candidate would also be required to persuade townspeople to sign a petition to get on the ballot.
4. The candidate can run as a “write-in.” A “write-in” is someone who runs without the intention of actually getting on the ballot and instead just has supporters write his or her name in the “write-in” spot on the ballot.
The Democrats had multiple candidates seeking their endorsement and support Tara Prupis as their candidate. Prupis is the owner of Green Nectar Juicery in town. She plans to address the issue of Millburn-Short Hills Complete Streets project, focusing on taxing in the budget and adding more approachability to the Township Committee.
Corey Biller is also a Democrat, who is running without endorsement from the Democratic Party. Biller is a ten year resident of Millburn and plans to address and anticipate issues more proactively through collaboration and listening to fellow residents. He envisions the Township Committee standing to represent all of the diversity he sees in Millburn today.
The Republicans endorsed Jodi Rosenberg as their candidate, who is running for re-election to the Township Committee. Rosenberg served Millburn as Deputy-Mayor for three years. Rosenberg is ready to once again take on the issues facing Millburn-Short Hills in a second term. Among other policies, she would like to focus on what she calls the “downtown renaissance.” In this renaissance, Millburn will work harder to support local business and make our downtown the clear center for all activity.
The Millburn candidates all share the same drive to help their community through Township Committee service.
The primary is June 5, and the polls are open from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Editor's Note: In the interest of full transparency, Jonathan Sym, owner of TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills, is a Republican Committeeman in Millburn Township. Mr. Sym has no involvement with any election coverage on TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills.