SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerville Republican Municipal Committee has unanimously endorsed candidates for Mayor and Borough Council in the November, 2018 election.
Endorsed for Mayor is current Interim Mayor Ellen Brain. Endorsed for the two Council seats are former Councilman Jason Kraska and chair of the Traffic & Safety Committee and Jack’s Kids Committee, Hank Werner. They will appear on the Republican line in the June 5 Primary Election and the Nov. 6 General Election.
The committee met March 14.
Brain succeeded former Mayor Brian Gallagher in early January when he was sworn in as a Somerset County Freeholder. The first female mayor in the history of Somerville, Brain is a retired corporate executive and works as an adjunct English professor at Raritan Valley Community College. She has served on the Somerville Zoning Board of Adjustment, the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, and the Somerville Library Board.
Kraska is a lifelong Somerville resident and graduate of Somerville High School and Lock Haven University. He was a member of Somerville Borough Council from March of 2015 through December of 2017, serving as Police Commissioner, Recreation liaison, and Youth Services liaison. He is responsible for obtaining the grant used to restore Southside Park. He continues to serve the Borough as a member of the Recreation Commission.
Werner has been a law enforcement officer since March of 1990, first with Raritan Borough, then as a NJ Transit officer, and since 1994, a member of the Bernards Township Police Department, teaching Law Enforcement Against Drugs (LEAD) in the middle school.
The Somerville Repubican Municipal Committee had presented Brain, Kraska and Werner for consideration as interim Mayor to the all-Democratic Borough Council in January; all three made presentations at a public meeting in front of the council. Brain was selected and sworn to office that night.