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Election 2019: Candidate Statement For Art Akins, Somerset County Sheriff Candidate

Election 2019: Candidate Statement For Art Akins, Somerset County Sheriff Candidate

On March 22, 2019, Art Akins submitted his petition containing over 300 signatures to indicate the start of his run, as a Democrat, for Somerset County Sheriff.  As a long-time proactive resident of Somerset County, he has dedicated his entire professional career to protecting his local community.  The role of Sheriff will allow him to […]

Township Councilman Prasad Ends Mayoral Primary Challenge

Township Councilman Prasad Ends Mayoral Primary Challenge

Saying a primary against Mayor Phil Kramer would be “divisive,” embattled Township Councilman Rajiv Prasad announced April 9 that he is ending his challenge . Prasad, who has been an At-Large Councilman for 13 years, filed for the Democratic primary after he did not screen before the township Democratic committee to run for re-election in […]

Election 2019: Township Republicans Introduce Municipal Candidates

Election 2019: Township Republicans Introduce Municipal Candidates

With “One Franklin, One Family” as their campaign slogan, the four township Republicans running for Mayor and Township Council say they will, “return civility to the council and provide strong checks and balances in the local government.” The four Republican candidates are Beverly Briggs-Lawson, who is running for mayor; Santhosh “Sam” Velu, Alhaji “Noah” Fofanah […]

Updated: Township Councilman Prasad Files Primary Challenge Against Mayor Kramer

Updated: Township Councilman Prasad Files Primary Challenge Against Mayor Kramer

Update 1: Mayor Kramer and Ron Jordan, head of the township Democratic Party, have responded to Prasad’s decision to run a challenge. “I look forward to the opportunity to place before the voters my record on issues such as responsible fiscal stewardship, improvements to our community’s quality of life and the implementation of open, transparent […]

Township Democrats Announce Council/Mayor Choices: Kramer Tops Ticket, Prasad Not Included

Township Democrats Announce Council/Mayor Choices: Kramer Tops Ticket, Prasad Not Included

For the first time since 2008, Rajiv Prasad will not be on the Democratic ticket for an At-Large Township Council seat. Township Democrats have thrown their support to the re-election of Mayor Phil Kramer and At-Large Councilwoman Kimberly Francois, and the election of Councilwoman Crystal Pruitt and newcomer Sivaraman Anbarasan. Ron Jordan, the township Democrats’ […]

Franklin Well-Represented In Historic County Freeholder Reorganization

Franklin Well-Represented In Historic County Freeholder Reorganization

SOMERVILLE – Two township residents were part of history at the Jan. 4 Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting. Former township Deputy Mayor Shanel Robinson took the oath of office for her first Freeholder term, and former township Mayor and current Freeholder Brian Levine was elected as the Freeholder Director for 2019. The history […]

2018 Election: Township Democrat In Historic Freeholder Victory; Former BOE Members Leading

2018 Election: Township Democrat In Historic Freeholder Victory; Former BOE Members Leading

Township Deputy Mayor Shanel Robinson helped make history Nov. 6 when she became one of the first two Democrats elected to the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders in nearly 40 years. Election Day 2018 also saw the apparent return of two former Board of Education members and the victory of an incumbent. Robinson, along […]

FR&A Analysis: State GOP Misrepresents Facts In FR&A Story For Somerset County Freeholder Campaign Hit Piece

FR&A Analysis: State GOP Misrepresents Facts In FR&A Story For Somerset County Freeholder Campaign Hit Piece

Analysis A political hit piece against the Democratic Somerset County Freeholder candidates, which hit Franklin Township homes the week of Oct. 29, misrepresents a story that appeared in the Franklin Reporter & Advocate. The story, which was posted on April 25, is about the Township Council and Planning Board approving a housing element and affordable […]

FR&A Analysis: State GOP Misstates Records Of Democratic Somerset County Freeholder Candidates

FR&A Analysis: State GOP Misstates Records Of Democratic Somerset County Freeholder Candidates

Analysis A campaign flier promoting the Republican slate of Somerset County Freeholder candidates contains misstatements about the candidates’ Democratic challengers. The flier, which appeared in residents’ mailboxes during the week of Oct. 15, was paid for by Choice for Change, an account of the New Jersey Republican State Committee. Republican Freeholder incumbents Patrick Scaglione and […]

2018 Election: Financial Disclosures Show Wide Disparity In Congressional Candidates’ War Chests

2018 Election: Financial Disclosures Show Wide Disparity In Congressional Candidates’ War Chests

The latest quarterly financial reports submitted by the two major candidates for the 12th Congressional District show the incumbent with a tremendous economic advantage over her challenger. As of Sept. 30, incumbent U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D) had $293,537.36 cash on hand. Her Republican challenger, Franklin attorney Daryl Kipnis, reported $1,548.57 in cash. Candidates […]