SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Democrats held their annual Octoberfest fundraiser at Jerseyland Community Center on Saturday for their local candidates Deputy Mayor Josh Losardo, who is running for Mayor against incumbent Al Smith, and Ellen Zimmerman, who is challenging Ted Spera for his seat on the Township Council.

"I want to be a mayor who works collaboratively with the entire Town Council to set sound policy for our town, including tax affordability, better municipal services, and stronger neighborhoods," Losardo told the crowd. "I also want to expand beyond downtown redevelopment, which will take many years to effectuate, and motivate new residents from diverse backgrounds to become more involved in our town and make Scotch Plains all that it could be."

"It is time for a change in Scotch Plains," said Zimmerman, who is running for officer for the very first time. "We are looking forward to creating an inclusive environment where everyone’s voice is heard."

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Voting began in Scotch Plains once ballots were received by residents this past week.

"People have gotten their ballots in the mail already. I've already voted, as soon as I got the ballot," committee chair John Del Sordi told TAPintoSPF. "We've got two great candidates on the ticket, and we are looking forward to victory in November."

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