HELMETTA, NJ - Primary Day is coming up in New Jersey on Tuesday, July 7. On the local level, Helmetta has two open seats for the Borough Council on the ballot. However, due to a mix up regarding the deadline for filing, Helmetta Borough Councilwoman Noreen Carolan-Genthe's name does not appear on the primary ballot. The councilwoman reached out to voters via social media to ask residents to writer her in as a candidate for re-election to the Helmetta Borough Council in November.
Carolan-Genthe and her husband have lived in the borough with their two youngest children since 2012. She was appointed by Helmetta Mayor Chris Slavicek to fill an opening on the borough council in April 2016 when Brian Hackett resigned. Carolan-Genthe was elected to fill the seat in November 2017. In addition to being a member of the Helmetta Borough Council, Carolan-Genthe serves as the President of the Spotswood Fire Department's Ladies Auxiliary. She serves on the Helmetta Recreation Committee and the Health and Wellness Committee. Carolan-Genthe is also an active member in her parish choir at the Nativity of Our Lord Church and a member of the Spotswood Drug Alliance.
"Helmetta is an amazing place to live and raise a family," Carolan-Genthe said when asked why she is seeking re-election. "I feel it is an honor to serve the community and continue to find new ways to see our town grow and make it a wonderful place. I want to continue to strive to make this the best little town in Middlesex County."
"I bring a strong desire to make a safe and happy environment to my fellow residents," Carolan-Genthe continued. "Raising a large family, I know how important it is to have a safe community. We have that here in Helmetta. I was a Customer Service manager and salesperson. This lends itself to my ability to think quickly and effectively when we are making decisions that will affect our residents."
"Currently, our biggest issue is the ongoing pandemic," Carolan-Genthe continued. "Keeping our residents safe and informed as information changes and becomes available, is our number one priority. We need a healthy community, so we can all return to our lives."
"If elected, I hope to continue to expand the services and events with our Recreation Department," Carolan-Genthe said. "I would like to continue to keep communication lines open and be available to serve the changing needs of the town. I also want to continue our fiscal awareness and get the most for our taxpayers money without breaking their banks to do so. The forward, positive progress of your small town, big heart attitude is felt in a very real and tangible way. As a council member, I always remember that every choice I make can and will directly affect my fellow residents."
Carolan-Genthe loves the small town vibe of Helmetta and has many favorite aspects that she enjoys about the borough.
"My favorite thing about Helmetta, hands down are the people that live here," Carolan-Genthe said. "I am so proud to know that we can always count on the generosity and compassion when someone needs a hand. I love all the events we have to get the community out and interacting. Our fire department is always willing and available to lend a hand and assist at any function. Our Helmetta Day celebrations may be my favorite; seeing everyone coming together, catching up and new residents getting to make new friends."
Since Carolan-Genthe's name does not appear on the primary ballot, she is considered a write-in candidate. All registered voters received a vote-by-mail ballot and have until 8 p.m. on July 7 to fill out and return the ballot. Ballot boxes are available in the following local places:
- Jamesburg Municipal Complex at 131 Perrineville Road
- Milltown Municipal Complex at 39 Washington Avenue
- East Brunswick Municipal Complex at 1 Civic Center Drive
Helmetta will have one polling place open on Tuesday, July 7 at the Helmetta Community Center. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is encouraging all Garden State voters to utilize the vote-by-mail ballot because of the coronavirus pandemic.