Summit Republicans Endorse Dickson, Dill, Ogden, Smith for Mayor, Council Posts

From left, Current Ward 1 Council Member Albert Dill, Jr., Mary Ogden, Andrew Smith, and Mayor Ellen Dickson comprise the Summit GOP ticket seeking local office.

SUMMIT, NJ—Mayor Ellen Dickson was endorsed for a second term at the Summit Republican Mini-Convention on Monday at Calvary Lutheran Church.

The convention also backed incumbent First Ward Common Councilman Albert Dill, Jr. for election to a second term on the governing body and Mary Ogden for the Second Ward seat currently held by council veteran Richard Madden, who will retire from his position after his term ends in December.

In a contested vote, the convention selected Andy Smith for the councilman-at-large position currently held by Gregory Drummond, who decided not to seek reelection this year.

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Dickson, who was elected the Hilltop City's 29th Mayor in November, 2011, will be opposed by Democrat Nora Radest, who recently officially declared her candidacy.

Dill is currently serving his second stint on Council, having been part of the governing body in the late 1990s, and then capturing a seat again in 2012.

Smith is a civil litigation attorney at Smith + Schwarzstein, a Morristown-based law firm he co-founded in 2009. He is also a member of the Summit Department of Community Programs Advisory Board.

Ogden is a lower-school teacher at The Pingry School in Short Hills, and is the current Chair of the Summit Republican City Committee. Her husband, Henry, is a former member, and three-time president, of the Common Council.

Thus far, no Republicans have announced to challenge the endorsed candidates in the June 2 Primary Election.

Radest is a former Summit Board of Education member and former president of the Summit Educational Foundation.

The Summit Democratic Party has not yet selected candidates for the three open council positions, although it is expected to do so prior to the Monday, March 30 deadline for filing nominating petitions for the primary.

It is not known whether there will be a contest in the Democratic primary.

June 2 also is the filing deadline for nominating petitions for those who wish to run as independent candidates for the legislature and the mayor and council positions. No independent candidates have thus far expressed an interest in running for any of the open positions.

Election Day, 2015, will be held on Tuesday, November 3.  There are 14,000 registered voters in Summit, 4,000 each of which are Republican and Democrats, and 6,000 are unaffiliated independents.

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