BERNARDSVILLE, NJ - While the eyes of the national Republican Party were on the Presidential debate in Houston last night, the Bernardsville Republican Municipal Committee met to take care of its local business. The committee met last night to consider candidates for two Borough Council seats in the June 2016 primary.

Incumbent Chris Schmidt presented himself for re-nomination and re-election. Incumbent Janet Waite is not seeking re-election. At the meeting, the BRMC endorsed Councilman Schmidt and Planning Board member Michael Sullivan.

Their names will now be forwarded to the chairman of the Somerset County Republican Organization for inclusion on the Somerset County Republican Organization line in the upcoming June Primary. The winners of the Republican primary will face the nominees of the Democratic Party in the November general election.

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“While we have come a long way in the past two-plus years, there is plenty more to accomplish," said Councilman Schmidt.  "I will continue to diligently work in order to keep our municipal tax burden as low as feasibly possible while delivering greater services to the residents. Keeping this in balance requires tough decision-making,” Schmidt continued.  Mr. Schmidt let it be known that he would “remain responsive to the needs of the residents of Bernardsville”.

Schmidt's running mate Mike Sullivan said, “I would like to thank all my supporters. My professional experiences and background, including as a member of the Planning Board and Environmental Commission lend themselves to some of the current issues occurring in our borough, such as revitalizing our downtown and improving our quality of life for all residents.”

Sullivan added “It’s important to keep in mind that every resident has an enormous stake and their input is crucial to our success with all the council’s efforts. My practical training will allow me to contribute and assist in advancing our collective efforts for downtown revitalization and the quality of life issues we face every day.”

Sullivan added, ”Here in Bernardsville, we live in one of the nicest communities in the country, with a great school system, hardworking neighbors and friends, and wonderful police and fire departments that work tirelessly for us. We have a lot to offer and it is important that we do everything we can to keep our community strong.” 

Republican Chairman A.Q. Orza added ”Mike and Chris have a vision of what the borough’s needs are now and in the future.” In addition he added that “improving the borough’s infrastructure and maintaining our historically low tax rate continue to be the top priorities. I have utmost confidence they will continue to give the voters the best return on their municipal taxes dollars."  

As has been the practice for over twelve years, the meeting was open to registered Republicans residing in the Borough, invited guests and the press.  In addtion, Somerset County Sherriff Frank Provenzano attended the event, as did campaign staff members for Congressman Leonard Lance. Both are seeking re-election this year.    

The Bernardsville Republican Municipal Committee is comprised of male and female elected representatives from each of Bernardsville’s seven election districts.  It is the stated mission of the committee to promote the political philosophy of the Republican Party, assist in the election of qualified Republican candidates for public office, and provide for an active Republican voice in local, county and federal governments.