WARREN, NJ - Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5 and Warren voters will decide Township, school, county, and state elections in a new space. Polling places have changed for Warren residents.
Three candidates are running for one three-year term on the Warren Township Committee. Running for the seat are incumbent Jolanta Maziarz, and newcomers Rick de Pinho, and John Fahy. Maziarz was appointed in June to fill the seat vacated by Carolann Garafola. See websites at:
Fahyforwarren.com, https://elect-maziarz-warrentc.com/, and depinhoforwarren.com.
Regarding the school boards, three candidates are running for two seats to represent Warren Township on the Watchung Hills Regional High School District Board of Education. The candidates are incumbent Robert Morrison, and newcomers Charles Behm , and Naresh Chand.
Fahy is not seeking reelection to the WHRHS board.
At the Warren Township Board of Education, just one candidate, incumbent Patricia Zohn, will appear on the ballot for three available seats.
Current board member Lisa DiMaggio, who was originally not seeking re-election, is now running as a write in candidate as is Mark Bisci.
Current board member Jeannine Sarosy is not seeking reelection.
Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information go to www.vote411.org and for polling locations see https://www.tapinto.net/towns/warren/articles/election-day-notice-change-of-polling-locations-in-warren
To write in a candidate "click the box" for a write in vote and type the name.
- Write-in votes are counted and the individual with the highest number of write-in votes is offered the position as long as that person is a qualified candidate. If the person elected does not wish to serve, the seat does not go to the next highest vote getter, according to the New Jersey School Boards Association. Instead, the Somerset County superintendent appoints someone to the seat.
- If there is a tie among the write-in candidates and one or more is eligible and wishes to hold the position, a special election is called among the write-in candidates.
- There is no minimum number of write-in votes needed. A single write-in vote can elect so long as the write-in candidate qualifies for and agrees to accept the office.
- Qualifications (appointment and election)
- Each member of any board of education shall, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:12-1:
- Be a United States citizen;
- Be a resident of the district for at least one year at the time of election or appointment;
- Be able to read and write;
- Be a registered voter in the district where the person is submitting the nomination
- petition (or being appointed);
- Not be disqualified as a voter pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19:4-1;
- Not have been convicted of any of the crimes or offenses enumerated in N.J.S.A.
- 18A;12-1 or conspiracy to commit or attempt to commit any of said crimes;
- Not be the mayor or a member of the governing body of the municipality; or
- Not have a direct or indirect contract with or claim against the board.
- Additional information can be obtained from the New Jersey School Boards Association at https://www.njsba.org/about/membership/school-board-candidacy/ or by contacting board secretary Patricia Leonhardt.
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