Somerville Voters Head to the Polls Tuesday for New Jersey Primary


SOMERVILLE, NJ - Voters have the opportunity to select who will run for office this November in Tuesday’s New Jersey Primary including national, state and local elections.

Polling places are open from 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

In Somerville, Republican Councilman Ken Utter and Fred Picchielo, a lifelong resident of the borough and a member of the rescue squad are running unopposed for Borough Council as are Democrat Councilwoman Jane Kobuta and former councilman Granville Brady.

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Somerset County Freeholder Director Pat Walsh, a Green Brook resident, is running unopposed in the Republican primary for another three-year term.

Democratic candidates for freeholder include Maria Rodriguez of Bridgewater Township on the "Somerset County Regular Democratic Organization'' line as well as Lisa A. Kazmier running on the "Bernie Sanders'' line.

Incumbent Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano of Raritan is unopposed in the Republican primary for another three-year term.

In November, Provenzano will face either Darrin Russo, a police lieutenant in Franklin Township, running on the Regular Democratic Organization line or Alexander F. Clark, running on the Bernie Sanders line.

Republican voters in the 7th Congressional District, which includes Somerset County will choose among incumbent Leonard Lance of Clinton Township, seeking a fifth two-year term and two challengers: Craig Heard of Roxbury Township, and David Larsen of Tewksbury Township, who ran against Lance in 2010, 2012 and 2014..

Running unopposed for the 7th Congressional District seat is Democrat Peter Jacob.

Registered Democrats and Republicans will also weigh in on the US Presidential race, with the presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump on the ballot; even though they have dropped out of the race, the names of Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are still on the ballot.

Polls show Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has a double-digit lead in New Jersey over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

There are 212,000 Somerset County residents registered and eligible to vote in the state’s Primary.

Winners of Tuesday’s contest will begin campaigning after Labor Day leading up to the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Voter registration deadline for the general election is Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Here is a list of the polling places:

1 – Somerville Senior Citizens Apartments, 1 Mountain Ave.;

2 - West End Hose Company, 135 West High St.;

3 - Somerville High School, 222 Davenport St. (enter off of Orchard Street);

4 - Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 300 Union Ave.;

5 - Engine Company No. 1, 170 East Main St.;

6 - Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 300 Union Ave.;

7 - Vanderveer School, 51 Union Ave.;

8 -  Lincoln Hose Company, 24 Warren St.;

9 - Van Derveer School, 51 Union Ave. 

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