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Democrats Face Primary In Township Council Race; GOP Slate Set

Township Councilman Ted Chase has decided not to seek re-election, setting the stage for a primary fight among his potential Democratic Party successors. (File photo).

The Ward 1 Township Council seat currently held by the retiring Ted Chase is the target of a challenge in the upcoming Township Council primary election.

The township Democratic Party has chosen current Board of Education member Ed Potosnak to carry the mantle for Ward 1, but Potosnak’s candidacy is being challenged by another newcomer, Shubhendu Singh of Treetop Circle.

The First Ward race is the only contested race in the upcoming June primary.

Candidates had to have their nominating petitions in by 4 p.m. April 5.

Rounding out the Democratic ticket are incumbents Shepa Uddin of Ellison Road in Ward 2, Charles Onyejiaka of Dina Lane in Ward 3, Carl Wright of Fuller Street in Ward 4 and James Vassanella of Austin Avenue in Ward 5.

The Republicans are fielding Laxman Kanduri of Pepper Road in Ward 1, Anthony Ganium of Cedar Grove Lane in Ward 2, Andrew Dars of Ruppert Drive in Ward 3, Estelle Mitzen of Orchard Court in Ward 4, and Robert Kashinsky who listed his campaign office on Elizabeth Avenue, in Ward 5.

In Ward elections, each Ward committee chooses its own candidate. The overall party membership does not endorse the slate, but does support the candidates, party chairman Bob LaCorte said.

The primary election is June 8. The general election is November 2.

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