On Tuesday, Nov. 6, New Jersey voters will head to the polls to cast their ballot in state and local elections. From state and county races to mayoral and school board elections, we wanted to make it easy for our readers to find out who is running in their town and where the candidates stand on local issues.
We tracked down the candidates for individual stories about each election and organized them below.
Senate, House and county races
Republican Bob Hugin challenges incumbent Robert Menendez, a Democrat, for one of New Jersey’s two seats in the United States Senate. In the House, Republican Chris Smith faces a challenge from Democrat Josh Welle for the New Jersey 4th Congressional District’s seat.
Six candidates are running for three three-year terms on the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders: incumbent Democrats Ann M. Cannon, Pasquale “Pat” Colavita and Samuel T. Frisby, and Republicans Michael Silvestri, Mary R. Walker and Cynthia Larsen.
Click here to learn more about the candidates running to represent New Jersey in D.C. and Mercer County.
Four candidates — Steve Benowitz, Kyle Melander, Vanessa Meades and Eric Holliday — are up for two seats on the Bordentown Township Committee. We asked each candidate questions about how they’ll work to help Bordentown.
In the school board race, all candidates are running unopposed for their seats. Salvatore Schiano and Aneka Miller are running for the Bordentown Township seats while Michael T. James is running unopposed for the lone Bordentown City seat.
In the municipal election, incumbent Mayor Bert Steinmann, a Democrat, is seeking election to his third four-year term. Running with him for four-year council seats are Democratic incumbents Cathy Wollert, who has served on council since 1995, and Sara Steward, who is finishing her first term.
Running for mayor is Ron Prykanowski, a stalwart of local politics. His council candidate running mates are Dick LaRossa, a former state senator, and newcomer Kate McKinley.
Meanwhile, in the race for three seats on the Ewing school board, two incumbents — Anthony Messina and Lisa McConnell — are running unopposed. A third board member may be elected if they receive write-in votes.
Nine candidates are running for three seats on the Hamilton Township Board of Education. Each winner receives a 3-year term on the school board.
Two of the candidates running for a seat on the Hamilton school board have come under fire for explicitly racist and anti-Muslim Facebook posts. The Hamilton Post investigated and discovered that accounts belonging to candidates Richard Crockett and Sherry Morency have a history of posts that are offensive or openly racist.
One seat is up for grabs on the Hopewell Township Committee this year. The race has Democratic deputy mayor Julie Blake running for a second term against Republican challenger Ed “Jack” Jackowski.
There are plenty of other races happening in Hopewell Valley this year. Hopewell Township voters will have a choice of three candidates — Deborah Linthorst, Arleen Curran and Debra O’Reilly — to fill two seats on the Hopewell Valley Regional School District Board of Education.
There are two seats available on the Pennington Borough council, and only two candidates running for them: Democrats Deborah Gnatt and Elizabeth Rosenblatt.
Two seats on Hopewell Borough Council are up for election, and are Democrats Debra Stuhler and Samara McAuliffe and Republican Mark Bovenizer are vying for a seat.
Six candidates are running for three three-year seats on the Lawrence Township Board of Education, and two candidates are running for an unexpired term.
Jo Ann L. Groeger, Tam Ngo, Jennifer Perry, Joyce Scott, Keva Stewart and Kevin A. Van Hise are running for the three-year seats, and Dana Drake and Becky Jo DiPierro are running to fill the unexpired term.
Five candidates are competing for two spots on the Princeton Public Schools’ Board of Education in the Nov. 6 election. Incumbents Betsy Baglio and Dafna Kendal are seeking to keep their seats against newcomers Mary Clurman, Daniel Dart and Brian McDonald.
Five candidates — Shaina Ciaccio, Vincent J. Costanza, Vito Galluccio, Noushin Kanani Asadpour and Lisa Temple — will vie for three seats on the Robbinsville Board of Education.
A sixth candidate, Craig Heilman, is running unopposed for an unexpired one-year term.
West Windsor and Plainsboro
Three candidates are running for election this year to a one-year unexpired term on West Windsor council. Incumbent Jyotika Bahree, who was appointed in January to fill the seat vacated by Hemant Marathe when he was elected mayor, is being challenged by Yan Mei Wang and Yingchao “YZ” Zhang.
In Plainsboro, two three-year seats on the township committee are up for election. Both are uncontested. Barring an unlikely successful write-in campaign, incumbents Neil Lewis, deputy mayor, and Nuran Nabi will be reelected.
Also on the ballot is the WW-P school district election, which features a referendum question for $114.87 million in improvements to district schools.
Three candidates are running for two Plainsboro seats on the WW-P school board. Incumbents Anthony Fleres and Rachel Juliana are being challenged by Prasannakumar Padinhareveetil. In the West Windsor contest, incumbent Michele Kaish is being challenged by Patrick Riccards, a first-time candidate for office in West Windsor.
Why does your ballot look different?
Ballots in New Jersey look a little different this year, and the change has experts and officials concerned about the potential for Election Day confusion.