long hill twp. - by jason goemaat, staff writer - © recorder newspapers 2004
four-term township committeewoman maryann nergaard faces a primary election challenge this june from first-time candidate [plan2succeed member], who has been active crusading for computer filters at the long hill public library.
as of the monday, april 12, municipal candidate filing date, two republicans and one democrat filed for their respective primaries on tuesday, june 8 to determine the candidates vying for one three-year term on the committee in the november election.
democrat gina genovese was the lone candidate to file for her party's primary.
independent candidates have until the primary date to file with the county clerk's office for the election.
last year's independent candidate dennis sandow had no comment on whether he would run again.
nergaard, of preston drive in gillette, is in her 12th year on the committee, having served four consecutive three-year terms. in that time, she has served two years as mayor and four years as deputy mayor.
nergaard said she wants to continue her work, making sure that construction of the new town library is completed efficiently and that any issues regarding the construction of town hall are addressed.
nergaard said she will continue to make supporting the township's emergency services her top priority; to make sure all township services are financially supported and that the township has an effective emergency response plan.
nergaard is a lawyer specializing in municipal law at a somerville law firm.
[the plan2succeed member] ... has never run for political office. in the past year, he has appeared in public several times to state his support for using internet filters on public library computers.
through those efforts, [he] said he's spoken with many residents who are looking for a new perspective on the governing body.
among other things, [he] said, if elected, he wants to work on plans to spend tax money as efficiently as possible and to make more of an investment in open space.
[he] also said he wants to get residents more involved in government through citizen advisory groups. ....
genovese was selected as a replacement candidate last year for former democratic committeewoman michelle urbanski after she pulled out of last year's race.
genovese, of hill top road in millington, finished third out of five candidates in last november's election, which was won by republicans william hopcraft and william neville. genovese received 58 fewer votes than neville, the second place vote-getter.
she said she was motivated to run again after that encouraging finish, along with many phone calls she received in support of her campaign last year.
last year, genovese ran a campaign that focused on making the township more financially responsible.
in the coming weeks, she said she'll research a more thorough campaign platform for the upcoming election based on her meetings with residents. genovese is owner of gina's tennis world in berkeley heights.
in morris county, three three-year terms are up on the morris county board of freeholders. seeking re-election are republican incumbents douglas cabana, john inglesino and jack shrier. their democrat opponents in november are joann byrnes, gary colucci and colleen labow.
in the morris county sheriff's race, republican incumbent edward rochford has filed for re-election to a three-year term. his democrat challenger is arash lobello.
in the race for county surrogate, republican john pecoraro is seeking re-election to a three-year term. he will face democrat bonnie blume goldsamt in the fall.
rep. rodney frelinghuysen, r-11, is also seeking re-election. his democrat opponent in the fall is mount olive township councilman james buell.