On Tuesday, Nov. 7, New Jersey voters will head to the polls to cast their ballot in multiple state and local elections. Find out what candidates are running to represent your town below.
State Senate, 14th District
Two candidates will face off in the New Jersey State Senate race in the 14th Legislative District: incumbent Linda Greenstein and Ileana Schirmer.
Greenstein, a Democrat, is a Plainsboro resident. Born in Brooklyn, she graduated from Vassar College with a degree in psychology in 1971. Greenstein earned a master’s from Johns Hopkins University and a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. Greenstein, 67, previously served on the West Windsor-Plainsboro Board of Education (1992–94) and on the Plainsboro Township Committee (1995–2000). She was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 2000 to 2010. She has served in the state senate since 2010. She is the chair of the Law and Public Safety Committee, co-chair fo the Joint Legislative TaskForce on Drinking Water Infrastructure Committee, vice-chair of the Enivronment and Energy Committee and member of the Budget and Appropriations Committee.
She is challenged by Schirmer, a Republican. Schirmer, a Hamilton resident, immigrated from Cuba to the United States in 1970. She has served on the township’s council since 2012. She was the first Hispanic female elected in Hamilton and in Mercer County. She holds a degree in medical laboratory technology and has worked in the pharmaceutical industry. Schirmer, 50, is the former school board president for Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School, council liaison for the Hamilton Township Economic Advidsory Board, a member of the Hamilton Township Planning Board and a member of the John O. Wilson Neighborhood Center.
General Assembly, 14th District
Four candidates are up for two spots on the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 14th Legislative District. Incumbent Democrats Daniel R. Benson and Wayne P. DeAngelo will face Republicans Kristian Stout and Steven Uccio.
Benson, 41, is a Hamilton resident. He attended Georgetown University, where he earned degrees in physics and government. He also graduated from Rutgers University with a master’s of public policy in science and technology policy. Benson previously served on the Hamilton Township Council from 2002 to 2005 and on the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 2008 to 2011. He has been an assemblyman since 2011 and has served as the Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore since 2015. He is the chair of the Law and Public Safety Committee and a member of the Health and Senior Services and Transportation and Independent Authorities committees.
DeAngelo, 51, lives in Hamilton. A graduate of Steinert High School, he attended the Rupert John Trade School, focusing on electrical. He is currently the president and assistant business manager of IBEW Local 269. DeAngelo served on the Hamilton Township Zoning Board from 2000 to 2001 and then served on the township’s council from 2002 to 2005. He was a township planning board member from 2006 to 2007, and he has served on the New Jersey Council on Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs since 2012. DeAngelo has been an assemblyman since 2008 and is currently the Deputy Speaker. He was the Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore from 2010 to 2015. DeAngelo is the chair of the Telecommunications and Utilities Committee and the vice-chair of the Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
Stout is a Robbinsville resident with a background in computer programming. He was previously in charge of an e-commerce startup’s technology and then went on to start his own small software services firm and work as a professor in the computer science department at Rutgers University. Stout earned his law degree from Rutgers University and was awarded a Governor’s Executive Fellowship from the Eagleton Institute of Politics. He is currently the associate director for innovation policy at the International Center for Law and Economics and the vice president of the New Jersey Leadership Program.
Uccio attended Allentown High School and graduated in 2004. He earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Brookdale Community College in 2007. He previously ran for assembly in 2013 and for the Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2014, both times as a Libertarian. Uccio was also an East Windsor Township Council candidate in 2015, running as a Republican, and ran for Congress in 2016.
State Senate, 15th District
Two candidates will face off in the New Jersey State Senate race in the 15th Legislative District: incumbent Shirley K. Turner and newcomer Lee Eric Newton.
Turner, a Democrat, is 76 years old. A Lawrenceville resident, she attended Trenton State College and earned a degree in education and went on to graduate from Rider College with a master’s in guidance and counseling. Turner was a member of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts from 1977 to 1981 and the Mercer County Improvement Authority from 1979 to 1981. She was a Lawrence Township Zoning Board member from 1979 to 1983. Turner served on the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1983 to 1986 and was the board’s vice president in 1986. She was an assemblywoman from 1994 to 1998 and spent two years as the associate minority leader. She has been a state senator since 1998, was the Democratic President Pro Tempore from 2002 to 2003 and was the President Pro Tempore from 2004 to 2009.
Newton, from Princeton, graduated from Boston University in 1989 after going through the Princeton school system. He worked in China for 12 years as a hotel executive and owned a consulting firm, Global Business Management. After China, he moved to California and then back to Princeton in 2007.
General Assembly, 15th District
In the General Assembly race, incumbents Reed Gusciora and Elizabeth Maher Muoio will face Emily Rich and Rimma Yakobovich.
Gusciora, 57, graduated from The Catholic University of America with a degree in politics and international relations. He went on to earn a JD from the Seton Hall University School of Law. He has been an assemblyman since 1996. Gusciora, a Democrat, served as the Assistant Minority Leader from 1998 to 2001 and as the Assistant Majority Leader from 2006 to 2007. He is currently the Deputy Majority Leader. He is the chair of the Regulatory Oversight and Reform and Federal Relations Committee and a member of the Financial Institutions and Insurance and Labor committees. Gusciora is an attorney.
Muoio, the Mercer County director of economic development, is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where she studied history. She also earned a JD from Georgetown University. She has been a member of the assembly since 2015 and currently serves on the Budget, Commerce and Economic Development and Judiciary committees. Muoio, a Democrat, previously served on the Pennington Borough Council from 1997 to 2002 and was a member of the Mercer Board of Freeholders from 2001 to 2008.
Rich, a Republican, is a Lambertville resident. She could not be reached for information, but the New Jersey Chapter of the American Concrete Institute website lists her as its executive director, and on her Facebook page she writes that she is a former superintendent at Hopatcong State Park who studied recreation and park management at Penn State.
Yakobovich has been living in New Jersey for 26 years. She moved to the United States with her parents 33 years ago from the former Soviet Union as a Jewish refugee and graduated from Kiev University with the equivalent of a master’s degree in mathematics. Yakobovich, a Republican, has previously worked as a computer software developer and currently runs her own business creating mobile apps.
Mercer County Sheriff
Two candidates will face off in this year’s Mercer County Sheriff race: incumbent John A. “Jack” Kemler and challenger Charles “Chuck” Farina, both from Hamilton.
Kemler, a Democrat, has been the Sheriff of Mercer County since 2010. He started his law enforcement career in 1983 with the Trenton Police Department, where he worked as a K-9 handler, narcotics officer and detective in the Criminal Investigation Bureau. He also supervised the Violent Crimes Squad starting in 1998. Kemler was appointed Chief Sherriff Officer of the Mercer County Sherriff’s Office in 2002, where he stayed until 2010.
Farina, a Republican, is a Trenton native. He currently lives in Hamilton. Farina, 66, attended Trenton High School and worked in the railroad industry for 38 years between Penn Central, Amtrak and Conrail, retiring in 2011. He volunteers for the Special Olympics of New Jersey as a basketball referee and softball umpire and worked the U.S. Games in 2014. He also volunteers with the Sunshine Foundation and officiates basketball and softball games in the area.
Mercer County Freeholders
Four candidates are up for election to the county Board of Chosen Freeholders: Democrats John A. Cimino and Lucylle R.S. Walter and Republicans Jeff Hewitson and Michelle Noone. Cimino and Walter are the incumbents. Noone could not be reached for comment.
Cimino, a Hamilton resident, graduated from Providence College with a degree in health policy and management. He first served on the Hamilton Township Ecnomic Development Commission from 2001 to 2008 and then on the township’s zoning board (2004–05) and redevelopment agency (2005–09). He was a member of the Mercer County Planning Board from 2005 to 2008 and served as chairman in 2007. Cimino has been a freeholdersince 2009 and was the board’s president in 2013. He has also been involved with the Hamilton Area YMCA, the Lakeview Child Center and the Economic Development Association of New Jersey.
Walter, of Ewing, is the current vice chair of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, which she has served on since 1998. She earned a degree in education from East Stroundsburg University and then went to graduate from The College of New Jersey with a master’s in special education. Walter previously served on the Ewing Township Board of Education, as well as the town’s planning board and site review board. She was also Ewing’s representative on the Statewide Cross Acceptance Plan.
Hewitson is a West Trenton native and attended West Virginia University after graduating from Ewing High. He is a retired supervising engineer with N.J. DOT. Hewitson served on the Hamilton school board for three years, including a stint as president, and was the director of the Prime Time Shootout basketball tournament. He has been involved with the Hibernians and International Association of Approved Basketball Officials Board No. 193.