SOMERVILLE. NJ - The borough Democratic Municipal Committee has selected Councilman Fred J. Wied V and Councilman Granville Y. Brady to run for re-election for the two council seats in November's election.
“The people of Somerville know Fred and Gran and trust their judgment and work ethic. Fred and Gran bring creativity and a sense of teamwork to the challenges of public service,” said Mayor Dennis Sullivan.
Wied V is chair of the Public Property Department and vice-chair of the Department of Public Works and serves as council liaison for the Municipal Alliance Committee, Youth Services Commission, Complete Streets, VilleTV, and the Library Board of Trustees. He is a 3rd generation Somerville resident and graduated from Somerville High School.
He is the director of Constituent Services for state Assemblyman Joe Danielsen, D-17th; the district covers portions of Somerset and Middlesex counties. He first ran for Borough Council in 2015, ;losing by a narrow margin of 18 votes; he ran successfully again in 2017.
Brady is the Finance chair and Personnel vice-chair and serves as council liaison for the Recycling, Emergency Management, Redevelopment and Fire Museum Committees. Brady is an audiologist with a practice in East Brunswick. He and his wife Carol have lived in Somerville for over 35 years.
He served on the Borough Council from 1995-97, and ran again successfully in 2015. He served as Borough Council president in 2019.
“It is easy to serve on Borough Council when things are going well. In times like these, Somerville needs the strong leadership and work ethic on Borough Council to get through this current crisis,” the candidates said.
The Borough of Somerville is governed by six council members who are elected for staggered three-year terms with two council members elected each year. Each council member is appointed by the mayor to two of six standing committees. There are also additional liaison assignments for other committees and commissions.
Democrats control the Borough Council by a 6-0 majority; Sullivan is also a Democrat.
The Somerville Republican Municipal Committee has yet to field its candidates.
Rich Reitman, GOP chair, issued a press release last week inviting those interested in running for office to submit a resume.
Candidates must be registered Republicans and have voted in Somerville in November of 2019 or years prior.
Further information is available by contacting Reitman at email@example.com or 908-400-6061.