UNION, NJ – A petition that could change the form of government in the Township of Union is being circulated at polling locations throughout the township to gauge interest from registered voters.

In part, the petition reads, “…providing for six council members to be elected at large for ‘staggered’ terms at elections held in November, with the mayor elected ‘directly by the voters’ be adopted by the Township of Union.”

In essence, the petition calls for the direct election of a mayor and six at-large (townwide) council members, constituting a new type of municipal government. Currently, the mayor is selected from a five-member committee.

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In an email to Union residents, Mayor Manuel Figeuriedo said, “I encourage you to sign this petition because Union Township residents deserve a discussion on whether or not to directly elect their mayor. I hope you consider supporting this change that will impact our local government for years to come.”

If enough signatures are collected on the petitions, the measure would trigger a referendum on next November’s ballot.