Mendham and Chester Election Guide
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Mendham, Chester, Morris County and beyond.
With the primary elections in the rearview mirror we are now looking forward to November’s general elections. Mendham-Chester Patch is going to bring you the information you need about the (uncontested) races in town and beyond. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.
- Chester Borough Council (uncontested): In a surprising primary result, incumbent James Robshaw who had been running with the other Republican incumbent Matt Finney lost out to newcomer Elizabeth Gugliemini. The new councilwoman went door to door for her campaign and looks to bring a new voice to the current group of officials.
- Mendham Township Committee (uncontested): Incumbent Rick Merkt retained his seat with a Republican nomination and new player Chris Baumann won what will presumably be retiring committeeman Frank Cioppettini’s seat. Former mayor Phyllis Florek lost her bid to rejoin the town government in the primary.
- Chester Township Council (uncontested): Council President Karen Powell picked up another nomination to return and she is joined by Jacki Spinelli who is taking the slot of Brian Murphy who chose not to run.
- Mendham Borough Council (uncontested): John Andrus and Stanley Witczak picked up nominations to return for another round on the council.
- Morris County Freeholders: Three regular-term seats are up for election, with Democrats Wasim Kahn, Toshiba Foster and Joy Singh taking on GOP candidates John Cesaro, John Krickus and David Scapicchio. Republican Hank Lyon will face Democrat Truscha Quattrone for an unexpired term.
- U.S. Senate: U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D), the junior United States Senator from New Jersey who was first appointed in 2006 to fill Jon Corzine's seat, takes on Republican challenger Joe Kyrillos, who easily defeated three opponents in the primary.
- U.S. President: President Barack Obama will presumptively face former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in a campaign that has already focused heavily on the economy and job growth.
- 7th Congressional District: Incumbent Leonard Lance (R), who has been in office since 2009 and held off a primary charge from David Larsen, takes on Democratic challenger Upendra Chivukula.
- 11th Congressional District: Longtime Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, who faced no opposition in the GOP primary, will take on Democratic Challenger John Arvanites, who also had no opponents in the primary.