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Scotch Plains-Fanwood Election Guide

The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Scotch Plains and Fanwood.

As we look ahead to November’s elections, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about political happenings in Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Union County — and beyond.

Here's our opening salvo in our coverage of the candidates and issues we'll be following as November draws near.

In the Scotch Plains Republican Primary, former Mayor Nancy Malool received 24 percent of the Republican vote despite having announced her decision to withdraw from the race to over a month ago.

In the final tally for the SP republican primary, Mary DePaola received 516 votes with 76 percent of the vote. Nancy Malool received 159 votes with 24 percent of the vote. Republican candidate for council, Ed Saridaki ran unopposed in the primary.

Democratic candidate for Scotch Plains Mayor, Kevin Glover and his running mate, Colleen Gialnella, who is running for Scotch Plains Town Council, were uncotested in the June priamary.

All Fanwood candidates for council were also uncontested in the primary. The Republican candidates are, Councilman Robert Manduca and Councilman Mike Szuch. The Democratic candidates are Jack Molenaar and Daniel Levine

To learn more about how these candidates feel about hot button local issues, between all Scotch Plains and Fanwood candidates here. The debate took place at a SPF Tea Party meeting. 

A portion of Scotch Plains is also located in the 7th Congressional District. Locals will be choosing between incumbent U.S. Representative Leonard Lance, a Republican, and challenger Upendra Chivukula, a Democrat. It will be an uphill battle for Chivukula: . Chivukula has to enlist support for his campaign.

Local residents will also get to vote for either State Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R) and U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D) in the race for one of the two U.S. Senate seats representing New Jersey — currently held by Menendez. Kyrillos has already in his primary election victory speech, calling Menendez a "mediocre" senator and stating, "Our unemployment rate, our soaring national debt, our out-of-control spending—these are all getting worse because of policies that Senator Menendez supports." In a statement on primary election night, Menendez said, he looked "forward to a campaign that will focus on and discuss the differences between us in an honorable way."

Keep watching Patch for coverage through November!

Michael Lewis June 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM
For the record, for those of us living in Fanwood and the rest of those souls (actually, most of them) living in Scotch Plains, Eric Beck (R) will be facing incumbent Rush Holt (D) in the newly revamped 12th Congressional District. The district, which now also takes in Plainfield (formerly represented by Frank Pallone), saw revisions as a result of New Jersey's loss of a Congressional seat as one outcome of the 2010 Census.
Map Questing June 15, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Can someone point me to a link to a map of the revised districts? The one on Holt's site and everywhere else I've googled only bring up the pre-2010 ones. Thanks in advance!
Bill McClintock June 15, 2012 at 02:53 PM
You made no mention of Republican Scotch Plains Candidate for Council Ed Saridaki.
FanwoodMom June 15, 2012 at 03:01 PM
@Michael Lewis - So Fanwoodians will no longer have Lance as their representative, and will have to vote for either Beck or Holt, if I am understanding you correctly, in November?
bgporter June 15, 2012 at 03:18 PM
The current district map (until 2021) is here: http://media.nj.com/ledgerupdates_impact/photo/2012-nj-congressional-mapjpg-3cdb0c0880c3278d.jpg Things I learned: Rush Holt is the only Quaker currently serving in Congress. GO, FIGHTING 12TH!
Michael Lewis June 15, 2012 at 04:08 PM
You are correct! Roughly speaking, only the area north of Rte 22 in Scotch Plains, and a sliver south of it, are still in Lance's district.
Map Questing June 15, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Thanks, BG. I actually did some digging and found a detailed SP one down to the street level. http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/publications.shtml I notice that Acacia Rd is missing from the state's map of the town. Possibly a case for no taxation without representation? lol
bgporter June 15, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Interesting to see that detail, MQ -- how strange to have those few individual blocks on the south side of 22. Do those boundaries relate to pre-existing SP voting districts?
Gene Reynolds June 16, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Thanks for providing the links to the statewide and town level maps. I expect to see the NJ map in an update Wikipedia entry on "gerrymandering". What a joke! The ridiculous efforts made to ensure one party domination of districts, by clever map drawing, are obvious, especially for those of now in the 12th district. The only more ridiculously drawn district in NJ is the 8th, which includes the waterfront of Port Newark and Port Elizabeth to connect Elizabeth to Hudson County. The street level map was very interesting - there are some blocks in the same neighborhood along Route 22 / Mountain Ave that are in different districts! Do we get to thank our state representatives for the bang-up job that was done here? It's not like we were traded like for like - I think Leonard Lance and Rush Holt are a little different, yes?
Larry Petretti September 26, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Kevin Glover, is that you? Former Donaldson Lufkin Jenrette facilities. I thought you were a republican.
Michael Lewis October 09, 2012 at 12:25 PM
In Union County there is also a race for the County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Democratic incumbents Alexander Mirabella and Mohamed Jalloh are teamed with newcomer Bruce Bergen to face Republicans Diane Barabas, Stephen Kozlovich and Krzysztof (Chris) Nowak for three at-large seats. Sample ballots for any given polling district in the County, which also detail two state ballot questions relating to bonding for University facilities and benefits for the state judiciary, may be found here: http://ucnj.org/government/county-clerk/county-clerk-services/mail-in-ballots/
bgporter October 09, 2012 at 09:39 PM
"to face Republicans Diane Barabas, Stephen Kozlovich and Krzysztof (Chris) Nowak"...honorary team members of the Washington Generals http://www.washingtongenerals.com/
Michael Lewis October 10, 2012 at 02:40 AM
You have to play the game in order to be able to win...upsets happen and even the Washington Generals won twice (as of 2/1/2010)! http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/joe_posnanski/02/01/washington.generals/


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