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DefendTracy-GrossmanTracyGrossmanCouncilAlpha BoroughWarren (908) 763-6490tgrossman@alphaboronj.org833 Seventh Ave., Alpha, NJ 08865Tracy Grossman is a Paralegal at Weinberger Law Group in Basking Ridge, NJ. She is married with four sons ranging from ages 5 to 15.
Pick Up Josephine-NooneJosephine NooneMayorWashington BoroughWarren (908) 689-1654 josephine-noone@gmail.com14 Prosper Way, Washington, NJ 07882Josephine Noone has been a resident of Washington Borough since 1994. She has been involved in the community through volunteering on the Washington Borough School District's PTO, and serving on the Library Board since 2009. and the Board of Adjustment since 2013. Josephine has been a school principal since 2007. she grduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in International Relations and a minor in Economics. She has her Master of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Hunter College and a Master of Arts in Education Leadership, Management and Policy from Seton Hall University.
Pick Up Sonia-RonSonia RonCouncilWashington BoroughWarren (908) 689-0643 OR (908) 689-1091soniaron202@gmail.com107 Park Ave., Washington, NJ 07882Sonia Ron is a 20-year resident of Washington Borough. She is currently a Community Outreach Specialist for the Family Support Organization of Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren County. She has over fifteen years’ experience in communication, advertising and outreach. Her background is one of Applied Psychology and Organizational Behavior. She has worked as a Behavioral Assistant with Case Management experience. Sonia is currently a board member of the Warren County Mental Health Board, Certified in Youth First Aid and a Certified Nurtured Heart Trainer.
Pick UpChris-BauknightChrisBauknight CouncilWashington BoroughWarren chrisbauknightforcouncil@yahoo.com95 Lenape Trail, Washington, NJ 07882Chris is a six-year resident og Washington Borough. Chris is actively engaged in his community as a Member of the Board of Education of the Borough of Washington, a Trustee of the Washington Borough Library, the Vice-President of the Warren County Young Democrats, and a Member of the Warren/Sussex Chapter of the NAACP. Chris recieved a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Upper Iowa University.
Pick UpDavid-BrookDavid BrookCommitteeHillsboroughSomerset(908) 359-11217 Winding Way, Hillsborough, NJ 08844David Brook, J.D., M.S.E.L. has lived in Hillsborough since 2003. He has over 40 years of experience as an attorney and scientist working on environmental, employment, and transportation law. He is currently an adjunct Professor of Law at Rutgers University, and has extensive governmental experience at the municipal, state, and federal levels. Mr. Brook has served on numerous boards and commissions focusing on historic and natural resource preservation. He has been a member of the Hillsborough Environmental Commission, and was instrumental in the creation of Franklin Township's Open Space Fund, which to date has raised approximately $100 million for open space, recreation, farmland, and historic preservation.
Pick UpDonnetta-JohnsonDonnetta JohnsonCommitteeHillsboroughSomerset(908) 359-2184donnetta@allegrasma.com1 Kaler Street, Hillsborough, NJ 08844Donnetta Johnson is a 33-year resident of Hillsborough. A former programmer and project manager at AT&T/ Bell Labs, Donnetta is a prominent Hillsborough business owner, founder of The Allegra School of Music and Arts, providing music and drama instruction in Central New Jersey since 1999. She is also the founder and lead organizer of the annual Hillsborough Music Festival which through her non-profit foundation, has raised thousands of dollars for Hillsborough's school arts programming, collegiate scholarships, mental health resiliency training, and youth suicide prevention.
Pick Up Sophia-ChaddaSophia ChaddaCommitteeBernards TownshipSomersetOffice: (908) 626-0333chaddasandler@gmail.com6 Carnegie Place, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920Dr. Sophia Chadda has lived in Bernards Township for over 20 years and, with her husband, raised her three children there. She has been practicing as a board-certified periodontist for 20 years. She is a graduate of Columbia University and SUNY Buffalo Dental School, and completed her periodontal residency at Rutgers Dental School. Chadda is on the board of trustees of the International Foundation for Progress and is a graduate of Leadership Somerset. Locally, she has served on the Bernards Township Board of Health and previously ran for Bernards Township Committee. She also is a member of the Commission on the Status of Women and volunteers at the local schools her children attend.
Pick Upblank-profile-photoJonathanSadlerCommitteeBernards TownshipSomersetchaddasandler@gmail.com16 Vail Terrace, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920Jon Sandler, a lifelong New Jersey resident and attorney in the Commercial Litigation practice group of Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland Perretti, LLP in Morristown since 2007, has lived in Bernards Township since 2015. He resides with his wife Kelly, also a practicing attorney, and daughters Avery and Finley, students at the Oak Street School. He recieved his B.S. in Business Administration from Montclair State University and went to Rutgers Law School. Following law school, he served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Yolanda Ciccone, A.J.S.C., who is the Assignment Judge for Somerset, Warren, and Hunterdon Counties.
DefendPablo-OrozcoPabloOrozcoCouncilmanRaritan BoroughSomerset(908) 231-1300porozco@raritan-nj.org5 Reimer Street, Raritan, NJ 08869Pablo Orozco has been a resident of Raritan since the early 1980s. He has served on the council since being elected to a three-year term in 2017, and has served as liason to the board of education, recreation and finance. A graduate of St. Ann School and Immaculata High School, Orozco reported to Parris Island, South Carolina, for USMC Bootcamp and was sent to communications school. After that, he was assigned to the Somerville Recruiting Station, working as a recruiter’s assistant, before being assigned to his reserve unit “G” Battery 3rd Battalion 14th Marines. Orozco later started a career in sales, working as an Internet manager for high end brands like BMW, Jaguar and Volvo. He started his own business in 2009 using a sales technique he learned on the floor and translating it to the online marketplace, before selling it to Redline Automotive Merchandising in 2014.
Pick UpMelissa-HarrisMelissa HarrisCouncilRaritan BoroughSomerset23 Santora Drive, Raritan NJ 08869Melissa Harris has been a Raritan resident for the past five years. She grew up in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania and later attended Misericordia University for two years. She worked for nine years in the banking industry, most recently as a senior assistant branch manager for Provident Bank, before leaving to take care of her family. Before moving to Raritan, she lived in Bergen County, and in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas. Since January 2019, Harris has been a member of the Raritan sports and recreation committee, and is also a member of the PTOs in her three kids’ schools.
Pick UpDianne-BautistaDianne BautistaCouncil Raritan BoroughSomerset(908) 203-593942 Second Street, Raritan, NJ 08869Dianne Bautista is a graduate of the Bridgewater-Raritan Highschool. Bautista and her family immigrated to the United States from the Philippines in 2005. She said they sold all their possessions and bought one-way tickets to America. A 2009 graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School, Bautista received the NJ Stars Scholarship, which helped her earn her associate degree in nursing from Raritan Valley Community College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Ramapo College of New Jersey. In 2019, Bautista recieved her Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Health degree at Rutgers University. Since 2013, Bautista has been working as a registered professional nurse at RWJUH Somerset and at Bridgeway Care and Rehab Center, and she is an ANCC certified geriatric nurse.
Defend Marie-DeVeneziaMarieDeVeneziaAlderman BoontonMorris(973) 402-9410 x624mdevenezia@boonton.org213 Lathrop Avenue, Boonton, NJ 07005Marie Devenezia has served as Ward 2 Alderwoman since January 2020. She is currently the Liaison to the Board of Alderman on the Boonton Main Street Board of Trustees, where she helps promote and celebrate Boonton’s historic downtown.
DefendJoseph-FenskeJosephFenskeAlderman Boonton Morris (973) 402-9410 x624jfenske@boonton.org438 Liberty Street, Boonton, NJ 07005Joseph Fenske is a registered patent attorney and has more than 15 years of experience in a variety of engineering disciplines. In the field of mechanical technology, Joe’s work includes engine performance modifications of various vehicles – from production cars, to streamlines that broke land speed records, to experimental aircraft. His electrical engineering experience also covers a broad spectrum, ranging from the development of remote monitoring for elevators, to the design and development of motor drives for products such as digital projectors and medical devices. He graduated from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2002 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and earned a J.D. from Rutgers Law School in 2008.
Pick Up Waqar-KhokharWaqarKhokharAlderman BoontonMorris(973) 265-4052wtkhokhar@gmail.com113 Harrison Street, Boonton, NJ 07005Waqar Khokhar is a software engineer with extensive experience with application development. His experience ranges from working in a corporate environment with large budgets and hard deadlines to dealing with small-time, one-man-business clients. Waqar graduated in 2011 from Stevens Institute of Technology with a B.S. in CyberSecurity and a M.S in Computer Science.
Pick Up Dave-VasaDaveVasaAlderman BoontonMorris(973) 257-9957Davevasa69@gmail.com209 Pine Street, Boonton, NJ 07005Dave Vasa has lived in Boonton for over 15 years. As a former Chairperson for the Boonton Main Street Design Team, Dave worked to visually improve the Main Street of Boonton.
Pick UpLeonardo-RestoLeonardo RestoCouncilChatham TownshipMorris (973)-635-9674lresto@chathamborough.org35 Center Street, Chatham, NJ 07928Resto is a 24-year resident of Chatham Borough and was a member of the Chatham Borough Council from 2010 to 2013 and from 2016 through 2018, his last year as Council President. As part of his Council duties, Len was Council Liaison to the Borough’s Environmental Commission, the Public Arts Council, the Historic Riverside Trail Advisory Committee, the Pilgrim Pipeline Advisory Committee, the Open Space and Historic Conservancy Advisory Committee and Co-chaired the Municipal Pipeline Group, a group of 15 municipalities opposed to Pilgrim Oil’s Pipeline. He also served on the Madison-Chatham Joint Meeting (sewer plant). Before and after elective office, Len was and continues to chair the Environmental Commission, the Historic Riverside Trail Advisory Committee, and the recently formed Underground Utilities Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Cultural Committee of the Chathams as well as the joint effort by several municipalities seeking to ban plastic bags and single-use plastics to enhance recycling and protect our environment.
Pick UpAmee-ShahAmeeShahCouncilChatham TownshipMorris Avshah4@gmail.com2 Country Club Drive, Chatham, NJ 07928Amee Shah is an attorney. While working at home, Mrs. Shah is currently helping with food drives for medical teams at local hospitals and previously volunteered helping the USO and St. Jude's Childrens Hospital.
Pick Upblank-profile-photoBrandon MelvinCouncilChatham TownshipMorris Brandon.melvin@nj11thforchange.org55 Nicholson Drive, Chatham, NJ 07928Brandon Melvin is a graduate of Chatham High Sschool. He has a degree in criminal law and formerly worked for the Essex County Prosecutor's office. He is a volunteer for the Library of the Chathams.
DefendAmalia-DuarteAmaliaDuarteCommitteeMendham TownshipMorris (973) 902-8390Duarte4mendham@gmail.com22 Brockden Drive, Mendham, NJ 07945Amalia Duarte was elected in 2017 as Mendham Township Committeewoman. She is a 21-year resident of Mendham, where she currently resides with her two children. Amalia has extensive volunteer experience in positions including Trustee of Brookside Community Church, Boyscout Merit Badge Counselor, Board Member of Schiff Nature Preserve and Board Member of NJ Chron's & Colitis Foundation. Professionally, Amalia is the Public Affairs director of ECLC of New Jersey, a nonprofit dedicated to helping more than 900 children and adults with disabilities. Duarte has decades of professional experience at Lucent, Time Warner, and Citigroup, where she managed an international team and large budgets. She recieved her B.A. from the New York University.
Pick Up Cara-ParmigianiCara ParmigianiCouncilMorris Plains Morris (973) 722-7655caraforcouncil@gmail.com8 Franklin Place, Morris Plains, NJ 07950Cara Parmigiani was born in Morristown and lived between Morris Township and Morristown before finally settling in Morris Plainswith her wife and child. She runs her own law practice and is a general practioner/litigator. She previously Organized expert testimony for a citizen grassroots group concerned about the health, safety, and welfare of residents in regards to a proposal to build a fragrance factory. She also was key member of a citizen steering committee that offered input to the Planning Board for the 2018 re-examination of the Morris Plains Master Plan, which addressed traffic concerns and safety, walkability, and expansion of businesses uses in the downtown area. Cara earned her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law, and her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University.
DefendCatherine-WilsonCatherine WilsonCommitteeMorris TownshipMorris cwilson@morristwp.com20 Beechwood Drive, Morristown, NJ 07960Cathy currently serves as the Mayor of Morris Township, and is running for her second three-year term on the Committee. She is the first female Democratic mayor in Morris Township, and is a former chair of the Morris Township Democratic Committee. Cathy has served on many of the Township's boards including: the Planning Board, the Transportation Advisory Committee and the Economic Development Advisory Committee. She also chairs three standing committees, two of which she pushed to create: Public Works, Environment, Energy, and Sustainability, as well as Transportation and Circulation. She is a member of the League of Women Voters, the Morris Township Seniors Club, the Washington Association, and the Morris County Historical Society. She is also a graduate of EMERGE New Jersey, a program that trains women in how to run for office and win. Wilson is a retired educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Washington University, a master's in Special Education from the University of Michigan, and a CAS in Educational Leadership from National-Louis University. In 2012 she completed another master's in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia University.
Pick Up William-RavitzWilliam RavitzCommitteeMorris TownshipMorris w.ravitz@yahoo.com65 Woodland Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960William "Bud" Ravitz is a project manager at AT&T with master’s degrees in systems analysis and education administration. In addition to his experience in the business world, Bud is a volunteer within his own community as well. He has served on the Morris Township Economic Development Advisory Council, and is a District Representative for the Morris Township Democratic Committee. He is also a former Vice President of the Jewish Community Center of Belle Mead. Born in the Bronx but raised in New Jersey, he is married to Lee Schwartzberg and has three children from his first marriage. Bud is running for his first term, after having lost to a former Republican mayor and long-time committeeman by only eight votes. Bud holds a BA in Management Systems Analysis from California State University, Fullerton. He also holds two master’s degrees: an MA in Educational Leadership from The College of New Jersey and a master of science in Systems Analysis and Design from Kean University.
DefendMichelle-Gentek-MayerMichelle Gentek-MayerSurrogateCamden856-225-7282Michelle.GentekMayer@camdencounty.com600 Market Street Camden, NJ, 08102
DefendLouis-CappelliLouisCappelliFreeholderCamden856-225-5451Lou.Coppelli@camdencounty.com520 Market Street 8th Floor Camden, NJ, 08102
DefendJonathan-YoungJonathanYoungFreeholderCamden856-225-5562jonathan.young@camdencounty.com520 Market Street 12th Floor Camden, NJ, 08102
DefendJamila-BremmerJamilaBremmerMayorChesilhurst BoroughCamden856-767-4153 ext. 2jbremmer@chesilhurstboro.org201 Grant Ave Chesilhurt, NJ, 08089
Pick upKaren-ChewKarenChewCommittee SeatChesilhurst BoroughCamden856-827-3286karen.hodges.chew@gmail.comP.O. Box 565 Waterford Works, NJ, 08089
Pick upMaria-LittlesMariaLittlesCommittee SeatChesilhurst BoroughCamden609-876-6533mlittles315@gmail.com315 Edwards Ave Chesilhurt, NJ, 08089
DefendTom-PullionTomPullionFreeholderBurlington609-265-5020Tom Pullion is a resident of Edgewater Park where he and his wife Catherine (Nye) Pullion have raised three children Christopher, Collette, and Chelsea. Tom has a BS Degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and Post - Graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Tom has been active in Community Service since 1995 Serving on the Edgewater Park School Board for (5) years and as its President in 1999.Tom was elected to Township Committee in 1999-2000 and served on the Committee for (15) years. Tom was appointed Mayor of the town in 2004 and again in 2014. During his tenure on Committee he sat on the Zoning and Planning Boards, Economic Development as its Co-Chair, Administration and Finance, Board of Safety working with Law Enforcement, Buildings and Grounds, and currently sits on the Sewage Authority. At the request of the Bishop of Trenton, Tom was asked to join the first Board of Trustees of Holy Cross High School and served in that capacity for (5) years. Tom was involved for many years in the Scouting Program having attained the rank of Eagle Scout as a youth and later in life returning as a Scout Leader mentoring young men.Tom is the Township Administrator for Edgewater Park. He joined the Freeholder Board in January 2018, was Freeholder Director in 2019 and is now Deputy Director for 2020. Tom serves as liaison to Solid Waste, Library and Economic Development.
DefendBalvir-SinghBalvir SinghFreeholderBurlington609-265-5020Balvir Singh is a proud resident of Burlington Township where he and his wife, Sandeep, are raising their three beautiful children GJ, Guni, and AJ. He is a full-time public high school teacher and a part-time lecturer at the Rowan College at Burlington County. He has been awarded numerous awards in his academic career and has presented internationally on teaching and learning of mathematics, including recently in Germany and Ecuador. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in the Mathematics Education field at Rutgers University. Balvir was first elected to the Burlington Township School Board in 2014 and served as the chair of the district’s finance committee, overseeing a $70 million budget, during his three-year term. Balvir was elected to the Burlington County Freeholder Board in a history-making 2017 election. He is the first Asian-American to be elected to a countywide position in Burlington County and the first Sikh-American to be elected to a countywide position in the State of New Jersey. In his capacity as a Freeholder, he oversees Courts, Medical Examnier and Elections.
Defendblank-profile-photoDaveZipinCouncilMoorestownBurlingtonPO Box 591 Moorestown, NJ, 08057Dave Zipin is an attorney and Ethics Liaison Officer at the NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency. He has served at the NJ Local Finance Board and the Division of Local Government Services, providing assistance to all 565 municipalities and 21 counties, and as Assistant Solicitor for Cherry Hill. With deep experience in local government and ethics law, Dave seeks to ensure integrity and transparency in every aspect of how the township operates. He lives in Moorestown with his wife and two daughters, and currently serves on the Planning Board both as a full member and as the liaison to the Economic Development Advisory Committee.
DefendSue-MammarellaSueMammarellaCouncilMoorestownBurlingtonPO Box 591 Moorestown, NJ, 08057Sue Mammarella is President of Physician Payment Review Services, a business she founded and built right here in Moorestown. With over 20 years of professional and leadership experience, Sue is focused on applying her entrepreneurial and business mindset to township operations, maximizing value for taxpayers through innovation and improving efficiencies. She has also served her community through volunteering with the Historic Society, and as past Vice Chair of the Appearance Committee. Attracted by the beautiful architecture and historic town center, Sue and her husband settled in Moorestown over 2 decades ago, along with her daughter and extended family.
DefendJake-VanDykenJakeVanDykenCouncilMoorestownBurlingtonPO Box 591 Moorestown, NJ, 08057Jake Van Dyken is a seasoned litigator with Siciliano & Associates, with offices in Moorestown and Haddonfield. With deep family roots in New Jersey and Moorestown, Jake is an avid local sports fan, and is involved in mentoring and coaching his two daughters in their athletic endeavors. He is an active member of the Recreation Advisory Committee, having previously served on the Open Space Committee. Jake is passionate about working with clients of diverse backgrounds, and looks to increase inclusiveness in how the township engages with residents.
Pick upblank-profile-photoKarenCohenCouncilMount LaurelBurlington
Pick upNikitas-MoustakasNikitasMoustakasCouncilMount LaurelBurlington
Pick upblank-profile-photoFoziaJanjuaCouncilMount LaurelBurlington
DefendCaren-FitzpatrickCarenFitzpatrickFreeholderAtlantic609-415-0514caren@carenfitzpatrick.comPO Box 474 Linwood, NJ, 08221Caren Fitzpatrick started her business career when she founded Fitzpatrick’s Deli, where she gained an understanding of the struggles that small businesses face every day. From there, Caren worked for Atlantic City Electric, The Press of Atlantic City, and The Women’s Center. For the past three years, Caren has served as the director of finance and administration for MeetAC, which is responsible for bringing millions of dollars in convention and trade show business to Atlantic City. Motivated by the results of the 2016 presidential election, Caren ran for Atlantic County Freeholder-at-Large in 2017 and was the top vote-getter. Caren and her husband, Brian, currently live in Linwood. They have two sons and one granddaughter.
Defend (She is not the incumbent but the incumbent is a Democrat)Thelma-WitherspoonThelma WitherspoonFreeholderAtlantic609-400-2108INFO@THELMAWITHERSPOON.COMDr. Thelma Witherspoon, is a native of Atlantic City, New Jersey and currently resides in Mays Landing, NJ. Dr. Witherspoon retired from the City of Atlantic City and the Atlantic City Police Department after 35 years of service. Dr. Witherspoon was a former Vice-President and then President of the Atlantic City Board of Education for 2 years. During her tenure and under her leadership, along with the Board Members, ground was broken for two new elementary schools: New York Avenue School and Sovereign Avenue School. Also under her leadership renovations were started for the Uptown Complex, Chelsea Heights, and Martin Luther King Schools. Dr. Witherspoon served as the former 2nd Vice President of the Atlantic City Chapter of the NAACP. In 2018, she was elected as Atlantic County Committee Person-At-Large of Hamilton Township, NJ and was also the Atlantic County Faith Based Coordinator for Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign. Dr. Witherspoon is a member of the Historical preservation commission for Hamilton Township, NJ. She is the Pastor of the Westminister Christian Worship Center in Atlantic City, NJ and is with the International Ministerial Fellowship of Jameson Evangelistic Association and a member of the Fellowship of Churches of Atlantic City and Vicinity. Dr. Thelma is a graduate of Jameson Bible School and the International Christian University earning a BA and MA in Biblical Theology. She received her Doctor of Divinity by CICA International University. Dr. Thelma Witherspoon, graduated from LEAD Act in 2016 and was an honoree for the Atlantic City Hometown Heroes in 2017. Dr. Thelma Witherspoon is also a radio host on two-tme Stella Award WEHA Gospel 88.7 and 100.3 FM every Saturday morning from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, “In The Community with Dr. Thelma Witherspoon” and has an Internet Television program “World Focus” on CTF-TV.
Pick upCeleste-FernandezCeleste FernandezFreeholderAtlantic
Pick upStephen-DichtStephenDicht SurrogateAtlantic16 N. Martindale Ave Ventnor City, NJ, 08406Stephen Dicht is an attorney, small business owner, and community leader. Born in Philadelphia, he obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Temple University and his law degree from Widener University. After graduating law school, Steve worked as an aide to Congressman Charles F. Dougherty. Since moving to New Jersey, Steve’s legal career has been wide and varied but has primarily been in the area of civil litigation with an emphasis on plaintiffs’ personal injury. In addition to his civil practice, Steve has extensive experience in Criminal Court, Family Court as well as in the area of Wills and Estates. He has practiced in both the State and Federal Courts in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. During his career, he has handled several high-profile cases, some which garnered international attention. His skills, reputation and integrity have earned him an AV rating by his peers, the highest possible in the legal community. A certified mediator, Steve has mediated and arbitrated complex cases, including Superstorm Sandy-related cases as well as estates and estate litigation, real estate, family law and personal injury. Stephen is well qualified to serve as Surrogate and has the experience and character required for this position of trust. On a personal level, Steve served as Planning Board member, president of an Educational Foundation, and is a current member of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cumberland Counties. Steve and his wife Lisa live in Ventnor and have three adult children, Craig, Laura, and Brian and two grandchildren.
Defend Eric-SchefflerEricSchefflerSheriffMays Landing Atlanticschefflerforsheriff@gmail.com132 Bonita Drive Egg Harbor Twp, NJ, 08234Eric Scheffler was elected Sheriff of Atlantic County November of 2017. Eric took office in January, 2018. Upon taking office, he has begun redirecting the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office's mission to focus on professional development programs that empower staff to create leaders and will result in a higher level of both efficiency and professionalism within the department. Eric has also begun forming partnerships with leadership groups to address our most pressing issues such as the heroin epidemic, homelessness, the mentally ill, and violence plaguing our country. Eric believes that people are more similar than they are different, and that by sharing our strengths and passions we can become unstoppable. One of the issues that Eric is compassionate about is post-traumatic stress disorder “PTSD”. Our first responders go home every day with the sights, the sounds, the cries, the smell, the photographs embedded in their mind. It never goes away, it will remain there forever. We will develop a support system program for the Sheriff's Department which will be shared among the first responder community here in Atlantic County. Eric retired as a Lieutenant with the Atlantic City Police Department with 23 years of service. During his tenure there, he served in both the Patrol and Training Divisions. His hard work and dedication led to his promotion to Shift Commander in the Patrol Division and to Commander of the Training Unit. Eric is an instructor in twenty-two different law enforcement top areas, and has personally created eleven different law enforcement instructor courses. Nineteen police departments in New Jersey are currently using Eric’s programs, including the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. Eric also worked as a paraprofessional at Mainland Regional High School where he worked with at-risk youth as well as intellectually and developmentally disabled students. He has also volunteered his time as a founding member of Mainland’s “One Life Committee”, tackling heroin and opioid addiction issues in our schools. In addition to his tireless commitment to this diverse population, Eric created an option-based protocol empowering teachers and students to make decisions in the event of an active shooter/violent intruder event. Eric is an Atlantic County native. He was raised in Margate, NJ. Eric and his wife Maria currently reside in Northfield NJ with their family. Eric Scheffler has dedicated his life to protecting our families and our community.
DefendingJenny-MundellJennyMundellCouncilwomanBloomfieldEssex(973) 680-4077jmundell@bloomfieldtwpnj.com30 Broad Ter, Bloomfield, NJ 07003Jenny Mundell is the incumbent candidate for the Bloomfield First Ward council seat, having served as councilwoman since 2017. She works in the health care sector as a fundraiser, overseeing strategies for development departments at eleven hospitals and their hospice organization. Mundell has been a Bloomfield homeowner since 2010 and has a child in elementary school. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Pennsylvania State University and earned her master’s degree in English from Montclair State University. She also has experience in community relations at Montclair and as an English professor at Essex County College.
DefendingNicholas-JoanowNicholasJoanowCouncilmanBloomfieldEssex(973) 680-4077njoanow@bloomfieldtwpnj.comMunicipal Building Room 209, 1 Municipal Plaza, Bloomfield, NJ 07003Nicholas Joanow is running for a fifth term as Council member in Bloomfield’s Second Ward. He was a guidance counselor in East Orange for 40 years and retired in 2008. First elected in 2009, Nick has dedicated himself full-time to serving the needs and interests of his constituents. Nick and his wife Marlene have been 2nd ward homeowners for more than 40 years, raising their two sons James and Nicholas, both of whom attended Bloomfield schools. Nick has dedicated himself to public service beyond his career in education through his involvement with a variety of community organizations and causes. Nick was a founding member of the Bloomfield Open Space Trust Fund, the Brookdale Park Conservancy, the Bloomfield Recycling Committee, and the Bloomfield Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). He holds degrees from Monmouth University, then Monmouth College, and Seton Hall University.
DefendingSarah-CruzSarahCruzCouncilwomanBloomfieldEssex(973) 680-4077sarahcruz@bloomfieldtwpnj.com9 Tunbridge Pl, Bloomfield, NJ 07003Sarah Cruz is running for reelection to her seat on the Bloomfield Town Council representing the Third Ward. She is a graduate of Rutgers Douglass College and has three children who attend Bloomfield Elementary schools. Cruz has been a homeowner in Bloomfield for 16 years and is a special assistant in the Newark School District. She led efforts to build a community garden at Millbank Park, brought the weekly mobile food pantry to the neighborhood of Carteret School, and continues to work with and encourage local businesses to keep their storefronts clean. Cruz has also collaborated with Mayor Mike Venezia to improve youth outreach programs and expand opportunities for children in Bloomfield.
DefendingJonathan-LaceJonathanLaceCouncilmanCaldwellEssex(973) 571-3070jlace@caldwell-nj.com25 Welshman Court, Caldwell, NJ 07006Jonathan has lived in Caldwell for 8 years. He was raised in the Delta region of Arkansas and served in the United States Air Force as a Computer Systems Operator. He later attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and Emory University in Atlanta, where he received degrees in Philosophy (B.A.) and Theological Studies (M.T.S.), respectively. For the last 10 years he has taught at Seton Hall Preparatory School and currently instructs in AP computer science, iPhone app development, and theology courses. He is also an independent app developer. He is a member of Notre Dame Catholic Church, the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association, and the local ecumenical group, “Dads On Mission”.
DefendingCole-HendersonHendersonColeCouncilmanCaldwellEssexhcole@caldwell-nj.com63 Crane St, Caldwell, NJ 07006Henderson Cole, a 30-year Caldwell resident, lives with his wife, Maria, with whom he raised his two children, who attended Trinity Academy in town. He has served on the Town Council since 2017. He was educated in Westchester County, NY, before graduating from Binghamton University with a degree in Economics and receiving an MBA from NYU. Cole currently works as an information technology manager, a field in which he has nearly 40 years of experience. He has been an active community member for decades, having coached soccer for many years at Trinity Academy, having led a Cub Scout pack with his wife, and later having served on the Zoning Board of Adjustment and Senior Citizens Committee.
DefendingAlfred-AnthonyAlfredAnthonyCouncilmanLivingstonEssex973-489-6376aanthony@livingstonnj.org9 Westgate Rd, Livingston, NJ 07039Alfred Anthony is very active in community and civic affairs and was elected to the Livingston Town Council in 2012 and 2016. He served as mayor in 2016 and again in 2019 and as deputy mayor in 2015 and 2018. He and his wife Lori of 24 years have four children. Anthony, one of New Jersey’s most prominent mass tort and class action attorneys, heads Locks Law Firm’s Roseland office and also works out of the firm’s New York City office. He has spent his career specializing in environmental and products liability litigation. In 1997, he received the Association of Trial Lawyers of America’s Outstanding Achievement Award for his work on behalf of some 400 Pompton Lakes residents in an environmental contamination suit against DuPont that resulted in a $38.5 million settlement
DefendingMichael-VieiraMichaelVieiraCouncilmanLivingstonEssex973-250-9600mvieira@livingstonnj.org159 E McClellan Ave, Livingston, NJ 07039Michael M. Vieira grew up in the City of Orange, attended Rutgers University Newark Campus and moved to Livingston about 14 years ago. He was selected by the Livingston Democratic County Committee in February 2019 to fill the Democratic vacancy left by a resigning council member. Vieira has worked as Director of Special Transportation Services for the County of Essex since 1988. He and his wife, Gabriela, have two children, Michael Jr. and Samantha, who attended Livingston Public Schools.
DefendingVictor-DeLucaVictorDeLucaCommitteemanMaplewoodEssex(973) 762-8120154 Lexington Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040Victor De Luca enjoyed a long and rewarding career as mayor of Maplewood, which included his 2015 induction into the Mayors' Hall of Fame in recognition of his ten years of service and his award from the NJ Municipal Managers for "Elected Official of the Year," in 2015. He served as mayor from 2001 to 2003 and from 2009 to 2019. Though he has stepped back from the mayoral office, De Luca continues to be active in local politics, seeking to keep a seat on the Town Council. Originally from Clifton, New Jersey, De Luca was raised in a home that took a very active role in local politics. His father helped create the police union in Clifton, and De Luca credits his father’s determination and success in encouraging him to advocate for change himself. While studying at Montclair State University, he served as both the vice president and the president of the student government association. After graduation he joined the AmeriCorps Vista program, which helps improve impoverished communities around the country. While stationed in Newark, De Luca learned a great deal about community management and organization. During his time with Vista he served as a municipal project manager for 16 years. He has served on the Maplewood Township Committee with 15 different people, and he finds joy in helping new residents find a home in Maplewood.
DefendingDean-DafisDeanDafisCommitteemanMaplewoodEssex973-762-8120 Ext. 2107Municipal Building, 574 Valley Street, Maplewood Township, NJ 07041Dean Dafis, who comes from a blue-collar family in Philadelphia, studied at Temple University and then went on to earn a law degree from the University of Richmond. Dafis is now the managing director of the Artemis Group in Midtown Manhattan. Comprised of only five employees, the group is a legal search firm that places attorneys in a wide range of positions. Dafis settled in Maplewood five years ago after living in New York City for almost two decades. His careers have ranged from serving as a public defender in Richmond, VA, to working for J.P. Morgan Chase in New York. In 2017, Dafis, an openly gay man, became the first LGBTQ+ candidate to run for office in Maplewood, and he was elected to the town committee. This year, Dafis seeks reelection for a second term as committeeman.
Pick upMaggie-MigginsMaggeeMigginsCommitteewomanMillburnEssex(973) 376-8990maggee@migginsrealestate.com36 Chatham Road, Short Hills, NJ 07078Miggins is a 22-year Millburn resident who runs a real estate team in town. She lives with her husband, Michael, and has two children. Miggins is an active member of the community and is a founding member of the Cultural Engagement Diversity and Arts Committee, former President of the Township Beautification League, a sustaining member of the Junior League of the Oranges/Short Hills and is a member of the Memorial Day Parade Committee. Miggins is seeking her first term on the Millburn Township Committee.
Pick upSanjeev-VinayakSanjeevVinayakCommitteemanMillburnEssex2 Rippling Brook Dr, Short Hills, NJ, 07078Sanjeev Vinayak is a proud Millburn resident and is raising two children, who are in Millburn Public Schools, with his wife. Professionally, he works in the field of supply chain and operations, where he turns around struggling businesses. He is a co-founder and managing partner at VG Growth Partners in New York. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern New Hampshire and a graduate degree from Pace University. Like fellow candidate Miggins, Vinayak is seeking his first term on the Township Committee.
DefendingChristopher-BardiChristopherBardiCouncilmanRoselandEssex(973) 226-8080https://www.roselandnj.org/user/57/contact140 Eagle Rock Avenue, Roseland, NJ 07068Councilman Cristopher Bardi, who has served as Council President in 2019 and 2020 and has served on the Council since 2018, is married with two girls who both attend Noecker Elementary School in Roseland Borough. Bardi attended Indiana University, where he received his MBA and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he received his bachelor's degree. He is also a graduate of the local James Caldwell High School. Bardi has more than 16 years of professional experience in managing large scale, global initiatives and projects to improve business performance, maximize efficiency, and expand organizational capabilities. He currently works at a New York-based global consumer products company as an information technology director.
Defending—special electionYousef-SalehYousefSalehCouncilmanJersey CityHudson(201) 783-5552YSaleh@jcnj.org280 Grove Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302Ward D Council Yousef Saleh was appointed to the Jersey City Council in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic following the tragic passing of the late Councilman Michael Yun. In November, he will run for election to retain this seat. He is a loyal son of Jersey City, born and raised in the Heights. Saleh is from a Palestinian family of immigrants that came to Jersey City to pursue the American Dream. Growing up, he attended local schools in the Heights, and he graduated from McNair Academic High School, where he was the president of the student government and the student representative to the Jersey City Board of Education for the entire 30,000 student district. Yousef went on to attend Rutgers University, where he was the first democratically-elected student body president for all five campuses. He then attended Rutgers Law School for his JD, where he was President of the Student Bar Association and the commencement speaker for his graduating class. Yousef has 7 sisters, one of whom has Down Syndrome – which is why he has been a strong vocal advocate for families with children who have special needs.Previously, Yousef worked in the Jersey City Law Department, and has familiarity with municipal government, and he worked at the Federal Tax Clinic at Rutgers Law School. Currently, Yousef works at JP Morgan where he assists businesses with regulatory requirements, and volunteers to assist with the small business loans on weekends, which has increased importance during the pandemic.
Democratic challenger in special election*Patrick-AmbrossiPatrickAmbrossiCouncilmanJersey CityHudsonpatrickambrossi@gmail.com329 New York Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307Patrick Ambrossi is a first-generation American, lifelong Jersey City Heights resident and local community activist. He attended school at St. Paul of The Cross, St. Nicholas, PS 28, County Prep High School, and Hudson County Community College. He holds his bachelor’s degree in industrial psychology from Montclair State University as well as his master's degree in public administration from Saint Peter’s University. He currently works as a fiscal analyst at the Hudson County Division of Housing & Community Development. He is a board member of the Hudson County Young Democrats and is the founder and president of the Leonard Gordon Park Conservancy, a 501(c)3, park organization for Mosquito Park in the Western Slope section of the Heights. He is seeking his first election to the Jersey City Council.
DefendingChristopher-RodriguezChristopherRodriguezCouncilmemberFair HavenMonmouth(732) 747-0241CRodriguez@fhboro.net748 River Road, Fair Haven, NJ 07704Christopher Rodriguez has served as a Fair Haven councilman since 2017, when he was appointed to fill a vacated seat on the council. He was elected to fill the seat beginning in 2018. Rodriguez holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Rutgers University, as well as an MBA from Columbia University. He currently works as a partner and chief marketing officer at Eris Exchange, a New York financial firm. Rodriguez is married to Karen Rodriguez, who is also active in the community, and they have three children together in Fair Haven schools. Rodriguez is an Eagle Scout and was part of the Rutgers Lightweight Four Champion Crew Team. He continues to participate in scouting with his son in Cub Pack 127 and rowing with the Navesink River Rowing Club.
Pick upblank-profile-photoLalineNeffCouncilFair HavenMonmouthlalinecneff@yahoo.com300 Fair Haven Rd, Fair Haven, NJ 07704Laline Neff is a member of the Fair Haven Environmental Commission and the Fair Haven Green Team. She has worked on a number of notable environmental initiatives and campaigns. In 2019, her work contributed to the introduction of a town ordinance banning plastic bags, plastic straws, and polystyrene containers by the Fair Haven Town Council. As a local activist, she is running for her first term on the Town Council, where she hopes to continue advancing the environmental policies she has championed in Fair Haven. She is also raising her young son and daughter in town.
DefendingTheresa-BergerTheresaBergerMayorHowellMonmouth(732) 938-4500 ext. 2184tberger@twp.howell.nj.us222 Old Tavern Rd, HOWELL NJ, 07731Dr. Theresa Berger has served as the mayor of Howell Township since 2017, and she is running for reelection to a second term this year. At the time, she was the first Democrat elected to the Town Council in any capacity in 16 years. Dr. Berger earned her undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Wagner University, and she now serves as President and CEO of Ocean Health Initiative, a Lakewood-based health care non-profit. Dr. Berger additionally serves as the chairwoman of the NJ Primary Care Association. She has been a Howell resident for more than 20 years with her husband Eric. They have two sons together, Zachary and Alec.
Pick upblank-profile-photoAndreDe GarmeauxCouncilHowellMonmouth(732) 364-4443board@highlandkennel.com34 Porter Rd, HOWELL NJ, 07731Andre de Garmeaux works as the operator of Highland Kennel in Howell Township, which has been his family’s business for 42 years. He is running for his first term on the Town Council, as he seeks to join Mayor Berger and Councilman John Bonevich in the town government's growing Democratic wing. De Garmeaux has been an active member of the Howell community for years, working with Councilman Bonevich to halt the overdevelopment of West Farms. De Garmeaux has worked with Howell for Open Land and Preservation of the Environment on similar issues, and, two years ago, De Garmeaux was appointed to the Howell Shade Tree Commission. He also has experience working in the field of computer science.
DefendingPamela-ReneePamelaReneeCouncilmemberNeptuneMonmouth(732) 539-7298pameal4neptunecity@gmail.com91 3rd Ave, Neptune City, NJ 07753Pamela has served as a Councilperson on the Neptune City Council for over 5 years and has served as council president. She won elections in 2014 and 2017 and has worked to upgrade public parklands, police technology and transparency, and environmental initiatives during her tenure. Pamela also works as a consultant and volunteers for several local ogranizations such as the Community Emergency Response Team and the Shark River Cleanup Coalition. She has been recognized by the New Jersey LGBTQ Democrats for her public service as an elected official within the LGBTQ+ community.
DefendingGlen-KocsisGlenKocsisCouncilmemberNeptuneMonmouth(732) 807-5181gkocsis@neptunecitynj.com89 Bennett Avenue, Neptune, NJ 07753Elected in November 2017, incumbent Councilman Glen Kocsis has been proud to call Neptune City his home for over 10 years. He is an active member in local volunteer services, including as a long-standing member of the Neptune City Volunteer Fire Police and CERT, where he personally checked on residents door-to-door and assisted EMTs during Superstorm Sandy. A 3rd-generation Sheet Metal Local 27 Union Member, he knows the value of hard work and has applied it to his time on the Council, having served as the Chair of the Special Services Committee, Department of Public Works (DPW) and Human Services Committee. Currently, Glen chairs the Human Services and co-chairs the DPW. Glen earned his A.S. in Criminal Justice and Political Science at Middlesex County College in 1994.
Pick upJohn-PietruntiJohnPietruntiCouncilmemberNeptuneMonmouth95 Riverview Avenue, Neptune, NJ 07753Born in Staten Island, John Pietrunti graduated in 1980 with degrees in History and Economics from Fordham University, where he served as student body president. He moved to California in the spring of 1981 and began a career in the global financial markets. While in California, Pietrunti met and married his wife Kathy and raised two children. In 1990, he returned to the East Coast and settled in Middletown. While working full-time, Pietrunti attended Rutgers Law School, obtaining his law degree in 1997. After 19 years in banking, finance and litigation, Pietrunti decided to leave that arena in 2019 in order to work closer to home in Neptune City at a private law practice. For the past few years, he has focused his service locally as a volunteer member of the Neptune City Fire Police and as a volunteer at the Bradley Beach Food Pantry. This year, Pietrunti is seeking further involvement with a first term as a Neptune councilmember.

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