SUMMIT, NJ – Mike Vernotico and Danny Meyers were unanimously selected by the Summit Democrats as candidates for Common Council on Wednesday night.

Vernotico, who has been selected for the Ward 2 position, had served two terms on the Summit Council as a Republican. After being dropped from the line in 2012, he ran for mayor as an independent.

"I have always been a moderate, a true middle-of-the-road type of person,” Vernotico said. “I believe that the local GOP leadership moved too far to the right for me. I found myself siding with Mayor (Jordan) Glatt and (council member) Steve Murphy on issue after issue. With me, it is all about community service, staying in touch with the public and representing their interests, not marching in lockstep with a political party. Debate is healthy. I have always had friends in the Democratic Party and feel more comfortable with their views here on the local level."

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Meyers, the owner and operator of Meyers Home Inspections, a home and building inspection business, is a candidate for the Council At-Large position. He holds an engineering degree from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York.  He has lived in Summit for seven years with his wife, Lisa Reznik, owner of the Film Society of Summit, and their two children. 

 Vernotico, a graduate of Princeton and a principal in the firm, Landmark MVM Realty Advisors, will be celebrating his 42nd wedding anniversary with wife Joanne later this year. 

According to Committee Chair Terri Tauber, the Summit Democrats are still in discussions with several people who may be interested in running in Ward 1. 

“We are very good at write-in campaigns, so don’t count us out in Ward 1,” Tauber said. “My goal is to have a full ticket by June 4.”