PEAPACK AND GLADSTONE NJ – Peapack-Gladstone Land Use Board Member Lisa Saunders has joined the Peapack-Gladstone Republican ticket. She will join incumbent Councilman Roy Smith on the ballot in the June 6, Republican primary election. The pair will face former Councilman John Sweeney, who is seeking to make a political comeback.
The Peapack-Gladstone Republican Committee met on Monday, March 27, to interview potential candidates. Smith, Sweeney and Saunders each interviewed with the committee. After the interviews were complete, the committee voted to endorse Smith and Saunders.
“The Republican Party looks forward to an exciting future for Peapack-Gladstone,” said Chairman Dean Lurker. “With this ticket, it’s the best of both worlds. In Lisa Saunders, we have a newcomer to the council, with some new ideas for the borough. In Roy Smith, we have a candidate with a term on the council under his belt.”
Lisa Saunders is a member of the Peapack-Gladstone Land Use Board. She resides on Prospect Street with her husband, Kerby Saunders. The couple have six grown children. Saunders has many years’ experience serving on the boards of several area organizations, including Far Hills Country Day, Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey, Somerset Hills Country Club, Garden Club of the Somerset Hills and the Market Street Mission.
Smith is in the third year of a three-year term on the borough council. He resides on Forest View Drive with his wife, Carol. The Smiths have two grown children and four grandchildren. He serves as Chair of the Roads Committee and the Human Resources Committee and as second chair of the Property Committee. In addition, he serves as the council representative to the Environmental Commission, the Shared Municipal Court Committee and the Wastewater Management Plan Committee.
Saunders and Smith will run in the June 6 Republican Primary election on the Somerset County Republican Organization ticket headed by gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli, County Clerk candidate Brett Radi, and freeholder candidates Brian Levine and Brian Gallagher. The winners of the primary will face any independent candidates or nominees of the Democrat Party in the November 7, general election.