WESTFIELD, NJ — Eight candidates have filed petitions to run in the June 4 primary, setting the municipality up for a contested council race in November.

Four Democratic candidates and four Republican candidates met Monday’s 4 p.m. filing deadline, according to the Town Clerk’s office.

Democratic candidates running under the slogan the “Regular Democratic Organization of Union County” are the following:

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  • First Ward – James G. Boyes
  • Second Ward – Mark Parmelee
  • Third Ward – Jennifer C. Gilman
  • Fourth Ward – Scott A. Katz

Republican candidates running under the slogan of the “Regular Organization Republican of Union County” are the following:

  • First Ward – Robert H. Benacchio 
  • Second Ward – Richard Bodmer
  • Third Ward – Mark LoGrippo
  • Fourth Ward – Doug Stokes

Not running for re-election are Republican First Ward Councilman Frank Arena and Republican Second Ward Councilwoman Jo Ann Neylan.

Email Staff Writer Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net