FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In an off-year election, there are relatively few contested races in Scotch Plains-Fanwood in 2019.
Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr (D) is running unopposed as she seeks her fifth term. Her reelection campaign has focused on the successes of downtown development in the Borough.
Kathy Mitchell (D), Fanwood’s longest serving Councilperson, is running alongside newcomer Francine Glaser for two council seats that are up for election. (Glaser is running for the seat that currently belongs to Council President Tom Kranz, who did not seek to run again.) The Democrats opposed on the Republican ticket by Brian Walter, who has run in the past two elections and Jay Morris. Councilman Jeff Banks is running unopposed for a one-year unexpired term that belonged to former Councilman Russ Huegel.
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There are no municipal elections this year in Scotch Plains. Next year, the seats belonging to Mayor Al Smith and Councilman Ted Spera, both Republicans, will be up for reelection.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education members Stephanie Suriani and Nancy Bauer (Scotch Plains) and Amy Winkler (Fanwood) are all running unopposed to keep their BOE seats. (Scott Brelinsky, whose name appears on ballots, dropped out of the race after the ballots were printed.)
In the 22nd Legislative District, Assemblyman Jim Kennedy (D-Rahway) and Assemblywoman Linda Carter (D-Plainfield) oppose Patricia Quattrocchi (R-Clark), the former mayor of Garwood. Kennedy previously was a lobbyist and also served 20 years as the mayor of Rahway and owned a jewelry store. Carter is a former Union County Freeholder and Plainfield Councilwoman and works is a teacher at Passaic High School. Quattrocchi, a retired executive search consultant, has run for Freeholder several times previously.
Union County Freeholders Bette Jane Kowalski (D-Cranford), Sergio Granados (D-Elizabeth), and Rebecca Williams (D-Plainfield) are running against just two Republicans: Peter Kane (Summit) and Glenn Gelband (Mountainside). Democrats have held all the Freeholder seats since 1998.
Union County Surrogate James LaCorte (D-Union), the surrogate for the past 20 years, is opposed by Peter Lijoi (R-Summit).
There is one question on the ballot: voters are asked to decide whether veterans “who live in continuing care retirement communities” should receive the value of the $250 property tax deduction currently granted to veterans who reside in a private residence.”
The polls are open on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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