This week the sides of roads are plastered with political signs, all vying for your attention for the general election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. As of October 26, Denville Township has 13,017 registered voters divided into 4 wards—are you one of them? If you’re like me you might not know just who is on the ballot or all the details of the election. I’ve put together a quick guide to help your navigate the election process in Denville and get out and vote!
When does voting take place? Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 6 am to 8 pm.
Are you registered to vote? Check to make sure
Wondering where to vote? Find your polling place
Want to know all the polling places in Denville? See the list here
Want to see sample ballots?
Want to see election results? Check this page for updates as the election occurs
Who’s on the ballot?
New Jersey is holding a gubernatorial election for Governor (as Chris Christie is term-limited in 2017) and legislative elections for the NJ General Assembly and NJ Senate. Here’s a summary with links to the website for each:
Governor & Lieutenant Governor (for 4 years, can vote for 1)
- Kimberly M. Guadagno & Carlos Rendo – Republican Party
- Philip Murphy & Sheila Y. Oliver – Democratic Party
- Seth Kaper-Dale & Lisa Durden – Green Party
- Gina Genovese – Reduce Property Taxes Party
- Matthew Riccardi – Constitution Party
- Peter J. Rohrman & Karese J. Laguerre – Libertarian Party
- Vincent Ross & April A. Johnson – We the People Party
State Senator for District 25 (for 4 years, can vote for 1)
State Representative for District 25 (for 2 years, can vote for 2)
- Anthony M. Bucco – Republican Party (incumbent)
- Michael Patrick Carroll – Republican Party (incumbent)
- Richard J. Corcoran, III – Democratic Party
- Thomas Moran – Democratic Party
Freeholder for Morris County (for 3 years, vote for 1)
There are also local elections for the Denville Township Council and school boards. Here are the candidates with links to their websites:
Denville Township Council Member (for 4 years, vote for 1 in your ward)
- Ward 1: Doug Gabel – Republican Party (incumbent)
- Ward 2: Brian Bergen – Republican Party
- Ward 2: Nathan Gould – Democratic Party
- Ward 3: Glenn Buie – Republican Party
- Ward 3: Jennifer Green – Democratic Party
- Ward 4: Gary Borowiec – Republican Party
- Ward 4: Rupande Mehta – Democratic Party
Morris Hills Regional Board of Education Member (for 3 years, vote for 1)
- Steven Kovacs
Denville Township Regional Board of Education Member (for 3 years, vote for 3)
- Michael W. Andersen
- Dino F. Cappello
- Won James Kim
What are the questions to be voted on?
Question #1: New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act
Do you approve the “New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act”? This bond act authorizes the State to issue bonds in the aggregate principal amount of $125 million. The proceeds of the bonds will be used to provide grants to public libraries. The grants will be used to build, equip, and expand public libraries to increase capacity and serve the public.
INTERPRETIVE STATEMENT: Approval of this bond act will allow the State to sell $125 million in State general obligation bonds. Proceeds from the bonds will be used to provide grants to construct, expand, and equip public libraries. Municipalities or counties that fund public libraries will match the grant amount. The municipality or county may solicit private funding to support its match. The State Librarian, in consultation with the President of Thomas Edison State University, will set eligibility criteria for the grants.
Question #2: Constitutional amendment dedicating moneys from state environmental contamination cases
Do you approve amending the Constitution to dedicate all moneys collected by the State relating to natural resource damages in cases of contamination of the environment? The moneys would have to be used to repair, restore, replace, or preserve the State’s natural resources. The moneys may also be used to pay legal or other costs incurred by the State in pursuing its claims.
INTERPRETIVE STATEMENT This amendment would dedicate moneys collected by the State relating to natural resource damages through settlements or awards for legal claims based on environmental contamination. These moneys would be dedicated to repair, replace, or restore damaged natural resources, or to preserve the State’s natural resources. The moneys would be spent in an area as close as possible to the geographical area in which the damage occurred. The moneys could also be used to pay for the State’s legal or other costs in pursuing the claims. Currently, these moneys may be used for any State purpose.
Hope to see you at the polls! Be sure to get out and vote!