WATCHUNG, NJ - Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5. and Watchung voters will decide local, school, county and state elections.

In Watchung, four candidates are running for two, three-year terms on the Watchung Borough Council. The candidates are incumbent George Sopko, and newcomers Pietro “ Pete” Martino, Amber Murad, and Wendy Robinson. William Nehls is not seeking reelection.


Four candidates are running for three three-year seats on the Watchung Board of Education. Incumbents Joseph Barbella and Jennifer Scharf, and newcomers Adam Kraft and Nawaz Sheikh. Barbella and Scharf were appointed to fill vacancies this year. 

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Three new members were appointed to the Watchung Board of Education at a September meeting to fill the board vacancies after Georgia Glasser-Nehls, Tina Kelly and Ellyn Margulies resigned from the board earlier this summer: Jennifer Scharf through January 2020, Gail Tafaro through January 2021, and Mallory Morales through January 2021. 

Mayor Keith Balla swore in new Board member Mallory Morales at last weeks meeting. Balla administered the oaths due to the absence of the Business Administrator and administered oaths to Scharf and Tafaro at  the prior meeting. 


No Watchung seats are up for re-election to the Watchung Hills Board of Education.


Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

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