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November 5th General Election Information [Part 3 – Statewide]

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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.

State Senator Tom Kean, Jr., of Westfield, represents Springfield and other towns in District 21, and is challenged by newcomer Michael Komondy.  Komondy is a resident of Bernards Township and is widely thought of as a placeholder for the Democratic Party who is unlikely to win in District 21.  His initial foray into politics started with a meeting with the disgraced former Union County Democratic Party Chairwoman Charlotte DeFilippo who resigned after scrutiny by state officials. The District is strongly supportive of the incumbent representatives, which also include Westfield resident Jon Bramnick and Summit resident Nancy Munoz in the Assembly.  They are challenged by lawyers Norman Albert, Cranford, and Jill Lazare, Summit.  Democrat Norman Albert, who also works in the Office of the County Counsel, has made numerous attempts on behalf of his party and fails to gain any traction.  Kean, Bramnick and Munoz are expected to easily win re-election.

The race at top of the ballot is between gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono and incumbent Chris Christie and their respective running mates, Milly Silva and Kimberly Guadagno.  With a huge lead in polls, Christie and Guadagno are expected to win.  Buono and Silva lack the experience and name identification among New Jersey residents to be able to win enough votes.

Which candidates for Governor & Lieutenant Governor are you voting for?

  • Chris Christie & Kimberly Guadagno (83%, 15 Votes)
  • Barbara Buono & Milly Silva (17%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 18

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Two public questions are on the ballot this year and both concern constitutional amendments.  The first asks voters if they approve amending the Constitution to allow veterans’ organizations to use money collected from existing games of chance to support their organizations and the second asks voters if they approve amending the State Constitution to set a State minimum wage rate of at least $8.25 per hour.  The amendment also requires annual increases in that rate if there are annual increases in the cost of living.  The New Jersey League of Women Voters prepares an annual public question analysis and has released the information guide on their website.  The first question is an uncontroversial issue that has little resistance.  The second question is more controversial and political mail has been sent out by the Coalition to Preserve Jobs & Our Constitution to sway residents to vote No on Question 2.

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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