Elections

Election Day 2017 Is Here

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Council Candidates Russ Huegel (left) and Anthony "Coach" Carter (right) with Mayor Colleen Mahr at The Fanwood Grille
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Amy Boroff is running as a write-in candidate to represent Fanwood on the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education.
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Brian Walter is the sole Republican running for Fanwood Council. Credits: John Mooney
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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The year following a Presidential election is called an "off-year" election in which members of Congress, who serve two-year terms and Senators, who serve six-year terms, are not on the ballot. 

At the top of this year's ballot is the race for New Jersey Governor, which pits Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R), who has served with Chris Christie for eight years, against businessman Phil Murphy (D). 

Governor and Lieutenant Governor (4-Year Term)
Philip Murphy, Democratic Candidate for Governor (D)
Sheila Oliver, Democratic Candidate for Lieutenant Governor

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Kim Guadagno, Republican Candidate for Governor
Carlos A. Rendo, Republican Candidate for Lieutenant Governor

Locally:

State Senator (4-Year Term - Vote for One)
Nicholas P. Scutari (D) 2A 
Joseph A.Bonilla (R) 2B 

General Assembly (2 Year Term - Vote for Two)
Gerald "Jerry" Green (D) 3A
Richard S. Fortunato (R) 3B
Onel Martinez 3C

James J. Kennedy (D) 4A
John Quattrocchi (R) 4B
Sumantha Prasad 4C

Sheriff (3-Year Term - Vote for One)
Peter Corvelli (D) 5A
Marc A. Krauss (R) 5B

Board of Chosen Freeholders (3-Year Term - Vote for Three)
Angel Estrada (D) 6A 
Patricia Quattrocchi (R) 6B

Christopher Hudak (D) 7A
P. Mark Martini (R) 7B

Angela R.Garretson (D) 8A
Peter B. Lijoi (R) 8B

Fanwood Council (3-Year Term - Vote for Two)
Russell Huegel (D) 9A
Brian Walter (R) 9B

Anthony "Coach" Carter (D) 10A

Board of Education (Representing Fanwood; 3-Year Term - Vote for One)
NO NOMINATION MADE
Write-in Candidate: Amy Boroff

PUBLIC QUESTION #1: NEW JERSEY LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION BOND ACT
Do you approve the “New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act”? This bond act authorizes the State to issue bonds in the aggregate principal amount of $125 million. The proceeds of the bonds will be used to provide grants to public libraries. The grants will be used to build, equip, and expand public libraries to increase capacity and serve the public.

INTERPRETIVE STATEMENT: Approval of this bond act will allow the State to sell $125 million in State general obligation bonds. Proceeds from the bonds will be used to provide grants to construct, expand, and equip public libraries. Municipalities or counties that fund public libraries will match the grant amount. The municipality or county may solicit private funding to support its match. The State Librarian, in consultation with the President of Thomas Edison State University, will set eligibility criteria for the grants.

PUBLIC QUESTION #2: CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT DEDICATING MONEYS FROM STATE
ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION CASES

Do you approve amending the Constitution to dedicate all moneys collected by the State relating to natural resource damages in cases of contamination of the environment? The moneys would have to be used to repair, restore, replace, or preserve the State’s natural resources. The moneys may also be used to pay legal or other costs incurred by the State in pursuing its claims.

INTERPRETIVE STATEMENT: This amendment would dedicate moneys collected by the State relating to natural resource damages through settlements or awards for legal claims based on environmental contamination. These moneys would be dedi- cated to repair, replace, or restore damaged natural resources, or to preserve the State’s natural resources. The moneys would be spent in an area as close as possible to the geographical area in which the damage occurred. The moneys could also be used to pay for the State’s legal or other costs in pursuing the claims. Currently, these moneys may be used for any State purpose.

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Why We Keep Kosher

Why We Keep Kosher

This week's parshah, Shemini, introduces the Torah's dietary laws. Animals must chew their cud and have split hooves to be kosher, fish need fins and scales, and a list of forbidden fowl is enumerated.

To those of us in Jewish education, it is a continuing source of disappointment that so many Jews still believe the kosher laws to be outdated.

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Dear Editor:

After Bruce Patterson of Garwood was stopped from speaking at the Union County Freeholder meeting of March 22 regarding the politics behind refusing to give the party line to a sitting Freeholder, I thought this brazen suppression of free speech could not go unanswered.

At the April 19 meeting I answered with these comments.

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