The local races are uncontested in the June 6 primary in Highland Park, but the race for governor is very much contested. So everyone should exercise – and exercise his or her right to vote, a very important action to keep your community, state and country in healthy, democratic shape.
- In Highland Park, the following individuals are running – without any challengers – for Highland Park Borough Council on the Democratic ticket. Joshua Fine and Elsie Foster-Dublin – council members each running for a three-year term; Matthew Hersh – council member running for a two-year unexpired term; Stephany Kim – council member running for a one-year unexpired term. On the Republican ticket, there is only one uncontested candidate for a seat on council – Herbert Gross.
- In Middlesex County, all the races for freeholder seats in both parties also are uncontested.
- The 18th NJ Legislative District includes seven communities in Middlesex County: East Brunswick, Edison, Helmetta, Highland Park, Metuchen, South Plainfield, and South River.
This has been considered a safe Democratic district, with 41 percent of voters registered as Democrats and only 15 percent Republicans. Virtually all of the other voters in the district are unaffiliated.
Three Democrats represent the district and all are seeking re-election: Sen. Patrick Diegnan Jr., a South Plainfield attorney, and Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, a former East Brunswick councilwoman, and Robert Karabinchak of Edison.
The Republican slate consists of Mark Csizmar of East Brunswick for Senate and Lewis Glogower of South River and Brian Li of East Brunswick.
- For excellent coverage of the race for governor of New Jersey, please see the following links in NJspotlight.com