WARREN, NJ - As the summer starts winding down, it's time to start thinking about the November elections.

At TAPinto, candidates  have many options to get their platforms out. And since election day, Tuesday, November 7 falls during a popular travel week, a link for an absentee ballot is:

https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/clerk/pdf/mailinballot.pdf

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Candidate Statements:  Candidates can submit a maximum of one candidate statement per week (including photos) from Labor Day up through the week before Election Day.  Publication of candidate statements is at the sole discretion of the editor of that town’s site.  No statements will be published from the Sunday before Election Day through Election Day.  Statements must be factually accurate and not defamatory.  Should there be questions as to the factual accuracy of a statement, the candidate will be asked to provide documentation for their claims.

 

Should they fail to do so, the statement will not be published until the candidate revises the statement accordingly. Similarly, should a statement be deemed factually inaccurate or defamatory it will not be published and the candidate will have the option to revise their statement accordingly.  If a statement is published and later is alleged to be factually inaccurate, the statement will be temporarily removed from the site and the candidate will be asked to provide documentation for their claims.  Should they do so, the statement will be republished.  Should they fail to do so, they can revise their statement accordingly or it will remain unpublished.  Statements should be submitted on the site directly. It’s easy, quick and free.

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Letters to the Editor:  Anyone can submit Letters to the Editor at any time up until the day before Election Day. Publication is at the sole discretion of the editor of that town’s site. They must be factually accurate and not defamatory.  They must not be anonymous.  The letter writer must submit their phone number with their letter.  The phone number will not be published – it will be used for verification purposes. Should the letter be deemed inaccurate or defamatory, the letter will not be published and the letter writer will be offered the opportunity to either provide documentation for their claims or to revise their letter accordingly.  Letters should be submitted directly on the site.

 

Press Releases:  Anyone can submit a press release.  Publication of press releases is at the sole discretion of the editor of that town’s site.  The press release must be factually accurate and not defamatory. Should the press release be deemed inaccurate or defamatory, the press release will not be published and the author will be offered the opportunity to either provide documentation for their claims or revise the release accordingly.  Press releases MUST be submitted directly on the site for consideration for publication.

 

Advertising:  All candidates are able to purchase advertising on the site. All candidates in a town are charged the same amount for the same sized ad for the same time period.  To advertise, contact the editor for your town’s site: Brenda A. Nemcek 908- 723-1033 or bnemcek@tapinto.net.

 

Local races are:

Warren Township

Two - Three year seats
George K. Lazo, 44 Christy Drive, Warren, 07059 Rep Michael Marion, 1 Rasberry Trail, Warren, 07059 Rep John Patrick Fahy, 91 Round Top Road, Warren, 07059 Dem Rick de Pinho, 11 Wilshire Road, Warren, 07059 Dem

 

 

Warren Township School District

Three - Three year seats
David Brezee, 6 Berkshire Drive, Warren, 07059
Ayanna Taylor-Venson, 21 Highmount Avenue, Warren, 07059 No Petition Filed

One – One year unexpired term

Ilana Y. Goldstein, 40 Gates Avenue, Warren, 07059

 

Watchung Hills Regional High School District

One - Three year seat Warren Township
Peter B. Fallon, 18 Gregory Lane, Warren, 07059

One - Three year seat Watchung Borough
Sondra Fechtner, 72 Cardinal Drive, Watchung, 07069 

Freddie Hayeck, 43 Sunbright Road, Watchung, 07069 

 

Green Brook Township

Two - Three year seats

James Benscoter, 19 Greenbrier Road, Green Brook, 08812 Rep 

Francis Gaffney, 50 Greenbrook Road, Green Brook, 08812 Rep

 Bryan Murdock, 101 Gold Street, Green Brook, 08812 Dem 

David C. Breen Sr., 25 Warner Avenue, Green Brook, 08812 Dem

 Green Brook Township School District

Three - Three year seats

Jason Ash, 110 Mountain Pkwy, Green Brook, 08812 Darlene Connors, 6 Douglas Road, Green Brook, 08812 John Brault, 15 Heritage Drive, Green Brook, 08812

 

Watchung Hills Regional High School District

One - Three year seat Warren Township
Peter B. Fallon, 18 Gregory Lane, Warren, 07059

One - Three year seat Watchung Borough
Sondra Fechtner, 72 Cardinal Drive, Watchung, 07069 

Freddie Hayeck, 43 Sunbright Road, Watchung, 07069 

 

North Plainfield School District ( no municipal races)

Two – Three year seats
James D. McGovern, 371 Malcolm Avenue, North Plainfield, 07063 Bianka M. Butler, 412 Catalpa Avenue, North Plainfield, 07063 Willie Vick, Jr., 429 Catalpa Avenue, North Plainfield, 07063

One – Two year unexpired term
Thomas J. Allen, 512 Mountainview Drive, North Plainfield, 07063 

Watchung Borough

Two - Three year seats

Stephen Black, 60 Vail Lane, Watchung, 07069 Rep 

Robert Gibbs, 66 Nottingham Drive, Watchung, 07069 Rep 

Watchung Borough Board of Education

Three - Three year seats
Joseph Mattiassi, 531 Phillip Lane, Watchung, 07069 Tina Kelly, 50 Dogwood Lane, Watchung, 07069
Ellyn Margulies, 95 Sherwood Drive, Watchung, 07069

Watchung Hills Regional High School District

One - Three year seat Warren Township
Peter B. Fallon, 18 Gregory Lane, Warren, 07059

One - Three year seat Watchung Borough
Sondra Fechtner, 72 Cardinal Drive, Watchung, 07069 

Freddie Hayeck, 43 Sunbright Road, Watchung, 07069 

County Candidates

Freeholder – Two - 3 year term

Brian D. Levine, 8 Pucillo Lane, Somerset, 08873 Rep 

Brian Gallagher, 7 Fairmont Avenue, Somerville, 08876 Rep 

Shanel Robinson, 196 Delmonico Avenue, Somerset, 08873 Dem 

Alex Avellan, 50 Riverside Drive, Basking Ridge, 07920 Dem

County Clerk – One – 5 year term

Brett A. Radi, 289 W. Summit Street, Somerville, 08876 Rep 

Steve Peter, 73 E. Cliff Street, Somerville, 08876 Dem