Straten's Strategies for N.J.'s Local Races
As promised, Roland writes, here is my attempt to bring some clarity to the local elections in the 8th congressional district.
First, I apologize to the residents of Verona and Belleville for not including them in my analysis on the State redistricting. Gerrymandering was certainly apparent. Belleville is now part of Newark. Why should Belleville, Nutley, and Bloomfield be separated? Verona was added to the 26th: Butler, Fairfield, Jefferson, Kinnelon, Lincoln Park, Montville, Morris Plains, North Caldwell, Parsippany-Troy Hills, Rockaway, Verona, West Caldwell, and West Milford. What do Verona and West Milford have in common except to gerrymander the districts in the Dem’s favor? The Republicans really lost big in redistricting, again. [I agree with Roland – this is a mighty strange district.]
For those of you who believe we need to control government spending, these elections will be critical. They are below most everyone's radar screen and the pundits expect certain seats to be won based on historical party affiliations. We need to change that. As a start, do everything you can possibly do to elect the local candidates on this list. If they are elected, who knows, we may send a Republican congressman to Washington from this area.
Essex County Freeholders
Essex County has 5 district seats as well as 4 at large seats. Because of the demographics, we need to do some really hard work to win the Newark seats and the at large seats. There are, however, two districts where we have a great opportunity, the 4th and the 5th.
Steve Rogers is running in the 5th district which includes Nutley, Belleville, Bloomfield, Glen Ridge and Montclair. Steve is a 37-year veteran of the Nutley police force, a veteran of the US Navy, and a member of the school board. He is running against Brendon Gill whose experience consists of working for Bill Pascrell and Frank Lautenberg. He is also the Montclair Democrat committee chair.
Joe Chiusolo, current mayor of Cedar Grove, is running in the 4th district which includes Caldwell, West and North Caldwell, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Livingston, Millburn, West Orange, Roseland, Verona, and Cedar Grove. He is running against Leonard Lucianno. Joe runs a small business, Turn Out Uniforms, which makes him an ideal candidate to represent us on the Essex County Board.
Both Steve and Joe have a really good chance at winning. While they would only hold two seats, at least there would be a voice for controlled spending on the board. It is very interesting that each had one debate with their opponents. After showing that they were clearly the better candidates, both opponents refused to engage in further debates. Steve and Joe need to be on the freeholder board and YOU need to help them.
Passaic County Freeholders
All seats in Passaic County are at-large seats. After having all seven seats in Democrat hands, the Republicans were able to take 3 of the 7 two years ago. We only have to win one more for a controlled spending agenda to come to Passaic County.
Our candidates are Bob Ceberio and Frank Fusco for Freeholder. Larry Tosi is running for Surrogate. Bob has Masters in Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickenson. He served on the NJ Meadowland Commission and the Wayne Board of Education and owns a management consulting company specializing in improving organization productivity.
Frank Fusco has BA in Economics [excellent!] from Saint Peter's College and a law degree from Thomas Cooley Law School in Michigan. He’s currently a councilman in Clifton and an attorney-at-law.
Larry Tosi is West Point graduate [dude!] who received his law degrees and an MBA from Seton Hall. Larry’s an Eagle Scout and has been active in the scouts for many years. He has been an attorney in Wayne for 20 years.
This is a really winnable election and every one from Passaic County needs to support these candidates. As you can see we have some highly qualified candidates running for freeholder. Let's elect them.
Sue Ann Penna - 3rd Ward -- Sue Ann has been instrumental in getting the Essex County teaparty going and is clearly a controlled spending candidate.
Mayor Katie Cole, Rick Steel, and Lloyd Kent are all up for reelection in Pompton Lakes. Pompton Lakes is one of the better run towns in the congressional district and all three deserve a to be reelected. If you live in Pompton Lakes, get out and vote for the team that have made Pompton Lakes a great place to live.
Alan Purcell 1st Ward
Al Sadowski 2nd Ward
Joseph Scuralli 4th Ward
Franco Mazzei 3rd Ward -- Successful Lawyer, VP Wayne Board of Education, President Wayne Public Library, Villanova Undergraduate and law degrees
Nadine Belle 6th Ward - current at large councilwoman in Wayne, BA from Seton Hall, Masters in environmental management from Montclair State, NJ School teacher, Owner, New Wave Engineering which consults on mandated state and federal regulations - former Chairwomen Wayne's Board of Adjustment, member library expansion committee and Industrial Commission.
James Jimenez At Large
As above, Wayne is also an extremely well run town and their council deserves to be reelected.
Extremely Important State Elections in the district
A double plug for Bill Eames. Bill is going to defeat Bill Codey. Help him and vote for him.
And we need support for Russell Mollica, Carol Humphreys, and Dave Pinckney in the State 8th: Glen Ridge, Irvington, part of Newark, Nutley, and Bloomfield.
Russell is a graduate of Bloomfield High School with an accounting degree from NYU. He has been President of International Trade Company for 22 years.
And don't forget Bill Connolly in Paterson and the 35th. His opponents feel that they have already won. Call or Email anyone you know in Elmwood Park, Garfield, Haledon, North Haledon, Paterson, & Prospect Park. Winning the 35th would send such a message to the big spenders that even inner city people are sick and tired of high taxes, uncontrolled spending, and unreasonable regulations.
And if you are not in one of the above districts, still get out and help and vote. My last email covered all of the State elections in the district if you need more info on the State elections.
I really apologize for the limited coverage in this email. I have been working for a number of months trying to gather information, but it is really really hard to do. If there are details missing, it is not because I do not support a particular candidate, I just do not have the information.
I would have loved to give you full resumes of each candidate and more information. The news media and the internet are extremely limited in coverage especially detail on the background of each candidate,
If anyone has specific info or you are a candidate who wants information to go to 2,000 people in the 8th congressional district, send me the info, and I will put together another email.
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