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November 5th General Election Information [Part 1 – Springfield]

By on Nov 4 2013.
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November 2013 General Election Sample Ballot

November 2013 General Election Sample Ballot

The 2013 General Election is tomorrow.  Sample Ballots containing the names of 33 candidates and 2 public questions have been released.  This election will decide the next New Jersey Governor, State District 21 Senate & General Assembly legislators, Union County Sheriff, Union County Freeholders, Springfield Township Committee members, and Springfield Board of Education members.  We are republishing the Springfielder.com November 5th General Election Information analysis in smaller posts based on the level of government.

Column A represents the Democratic slate of candidates while Column B represents the Republican slate of candidates.  Candidates in Columns C through H are running for Governor & Lieutenant Governor under other party banners.  For many years, Union County Democrats have enjoyed the advantage of being in Column A.  According to N.J.S.A. 19:14-12, the County Clerk draws the ballot positions for the general election candidates 85 days before the election.  Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi, a Democrat and former Springfield Mayor, Township Committeewoman, and Freeholder, again drew Column A for her party ballot position.  Many are suspicious about the integrity of the process and impartiality of the alleged random selection that has seen Democrats win Column A for a number of consecutive years.

At the bottom of the ballot, but with the most direct impact to Springfield, is the race for the two Township Committee seats.  Incumbents Richard Huber and David Amlen are challenged by former Deputy Mayor Jerry Fernandez and Diane Stampoulos.  Voters will have a chance to vote for two of the four separate candidates to serve on the Township Committee for a three-year term. Observers note what could be considered as a lack of faith by the Democratic party in their own Mayor David Amlen by placing him below the Deputy Mayor.  Amlen and Huber have dealt with a year filled with controversy and scandal that has tarnished their campaign.  Just yesterday, it was revealed that Huber had failed to file his Financial Disclosure Statement as required by Local Government Ethics Law according to the Division of Local Government Services.  They sent out a politically disguised e-mail on 9-11 to switch their position on the turf field. They were notable absent during two days of power outages during the Labor Day weekend.  In April, they were called out for alleged improprieties surrounding the construction of a fence by a political operative.  One of their political appointees resigned as municipal Prosecutor after his overtime on his watch skyrocketed due to his inexperience.  At their first meeting of the year, they appointed newly elected Committeeman David Barnett as the Finance Chairman after it was revealed he was charged by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission with “aiding and abetting an accounting fraud”.  However, Springfield leans heavily towards the Democratic party and despite the popularity of the Fernandez-Stampoulos ticket, the race is expected to be very close and every vote will count.

Which candidates for Township Committee are you voting for?

  • Jerry Fernandez (78%, 35 Votes)
  • Diane Stampoulos (64%, 29 Votes)
  • Richard Huber (24%, 11 Votes)
  • David Amlen (20%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 45

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The race for the three seats on the Springfield Board of Education is uncontested.  Incumbents Scott Silverstein and Patricia Venezia are running with newcomer Scott Donner.

The online version of the sample ballot for Springfield is available at http://ucnj.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/union-sample-fm31.pdf

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