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!