Friday, May 24, 2013
Five clerk candidates and four freeholder candidates face off in Republican primary event.
While thunder and lightning raged outside the Lodge at Schooley’s Mountain County Park Thursday, inside the adjacent lodge building sparks flew between Republican candidates for two top Morris County elected offices. The Republican clubs of the Chesters, Mendhams, Mount Olive and Washington Township hosted debates between the primary election candidates for Morris County clerk, and three open seats on the Board of Freeholders. Seeking the five-year term to replace retiring Clerk Joan Bramhall are: Laurie Bogaard of Chester, an attorney; retiring Freeholder Ann Grossi of Parsippany, an attorney; Zbigniew Nowacki of Denville, a county treasury department employee; Michael Sanchelli of Jefferson, a township council member and county public …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Morris County Freeholder Ann Grossi is building support for her bid for a new job.
Morris County Freeholder Ann Grossi, running in the June 4 Republican primary to replace outgoing county Clerk Joan Bramhall, has something to celebrate. Her campaign has announced that the Parsippany resident has won the public support of a long list of New Jersey mayors. The list includes the names of 24 town leaders. An open letter sent to Morris County Republicans by an entity called Mayors for Ann Grossi extols the candidate's virtues. "As Republican elected officials and community leaders we can think of no one more qualified and capable of continuing the integrity and efficient management of the clerk’s office than Freeholder Ann Grossi," the document states. "Since the Liberal Media has [sic] declared war on the Republican party …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Parsippany's James Vigilante again accuses fellow township resident Ann Grossi of publicly disrespecting his Air Force service.
Morris County Clerk Republican Party candidate James Vigilante says his U.S. Air Force service was attacked again by fellow candidate Ann Grossi. Vigilante, a nine-time decorated Air Force veteran and current Air Force reservist from Parsippany, appeared at a candidates' debate held at the Montville Senior House late last week. He claimed Grossi’s campaign manager, Steve Roman, sat among the audience and fired questions at Vigilante regarding his military service. According to the candidate, Roman asked Vigilante about the $125 per day he earns as a reservist first sergeant and then criticized him for accepting pay from the military while also trying to run for a government position. Vigilante recently announced that if he wins the clerk's…
Friday, April 26, 2013
Kevin Gsell withdrew from the race last week.
A Superior Court judge ruled Friday that Michael Elms may relace Kevin Gsell on the ballot for Morristown Council in the June 4 Democratic primary, even though he submitted petitions after the deadline, according to NJ.com. Kevin Gsell withdrew from the race April 15 and Morristown Democratic Committee endorsed Elms on April 17. NJ.com reports that Elms filed his petitions on April 18 and met the late filing requirement of submitting the signatures of more than 50 percent of Gsell’s signers who had met the original April 1 deadline, Zwillenberg said. Judge Stephan Hansbury upheld the argument by the committee’s attorney, Daniel Zwillenberg, who said elections laws over the years have been “liberally construed” to “promote voter …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Michael Pooler is campaigning for the Democratic primary election June 4.
A new face is entering the Morristown Council primary race after Councilman Kevin Gsell dropped out of the running because he will be moving from Morristown. Michael Pooler, the former chairman and current member of the Morristown Planning Board, has announced his candidacy for the Morristown Town Council At-Large seat. A long-time Morristown resident, Pooler is actively campaigning as one of several candidates vying for the three open seats in the Democratic primary election June 4. Council President Michelle Dupree Harris and Councilwoman Toshiba Foster are running to retain their seats and face challenges from Pooler, Jessica Williamson and Tom Alexander. “As a member of Morristown’s Planning Board and as an active civic volunteer for …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Kevin Gsell moving from town. He has not resigned his seat. Vacancy law would apply should he do so
Councilman Kevin Gsell will be moving from Morristown and has dropped out of the council primary, town Clerk Matt Stechauner said. "I got a letter from him withdrawing from the race," said Stechauner. "He has not resigned his seat. Vacancy law would apply should he do so." NJ.com reports that the clerk was informed "late in the day" Monday and that Morris County Clerk Joan Bramhall said the municipal Democratic committee informed her Tuesday morning that they planned to hold an emergency meeting Tuesday to fill Gsell's vacant spot on the ticket. Ballots for the primary election are scheduled to be printed later this week, Bramhall said. Mary Dougherty, Morris County Democratic Committee Vice Chair confirmed that there was no such meeting…
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Denville's Zbigniew Nowacki pushes for school safety by proposing the move of polling places to an alternate location
Zbigniew Nowacki, 41 of Denville, was one of the candidates that emerged for the Morris County Clerk race in the June 4 Republican Primary Election. Nowacki—who has been an accountant in the county treasurer’s office for the past six years—builds his platform around school safety and shifting of polling places. The already heated race for Morris County Clerk includes Chester resident Laurie Bogaard, U.S. Air Force Reserves Master Sgt. and former Parsippany Township Council member James Vigilante, Freeholder Ann Grossi, who's also from Parsippany and Jefferson Councilman Michael Sanchelli. “I am concerned with the safety of our children and educators in Morris County,” he said. “A growing concern has always been security in our schools. …
Monday, April 8, 2013
New Jersey law allows contributors who donate less than $300 to remain anonymous.
A published report Sunday revealed New Jersey’s current campaign donation system needs to be revised after it was disclosed politicians can receive more money while still keeping the names of their donors secret — as long as the contributions are less than $300. The NJ.com report said most states allow campaigns to keep only those donors who give $100, $50 or less private, but Garden State politicians don’t have to report any information about people who contribute less than $300. The report said because of the state’s secretive laws, candidates were able to hide about $12 million out of the $100 million donated. The state’s rule allowing campaigns to keep these donors anonymous could undergo a re-evaluation after one of the state’s most …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Morris Township has two candidates vying for one seat. Morris Plains has two incumbents unchallenged.
Voters in Morris Township will have a choice when they head to the polls. Two are running for the one open council seat, which is a 3-year term: Things are less exciting over in Morris Plains as two incumbents are running for two council seats unchallenged. The seats are 3-year terms: The filing deadline was 4 p.m. Monday and June 4 party primaries will nominate candidates for general elections in November. Check out this Patch article for a look at Morristown's race.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
James Vigilante says opponent Ann Grossi is denigrating his service; she denies the charge.
A war of words is brewing in the race for the Morris County clerk's job. Candidate James Vigilante, a Parsippany resident and a U.S. Air Force reservist, says his opponent, Freeholder Ann Grossi, who's also from the township, is accusing him of lying about his military record. According to Vigilante, the two, and the third Republican clerk candidate, Jefferson Councilman Michael Sanchelli, spoke before a meeting of the Mt. Olive Republican club March 20. "After I spoke, I was shocked to hear her tell members of the club along with local elected officials and Morris County elected officials that I was lying about my military record,” he said. “I am disappointed by Ann Grossi’s false accusations. I have focused on my private business …