Franklin Candidates in Local, Regional and State-Wide Races Nov. 5

ballotWe’re coming down to the wire, folks.

Election Day is Nov. 5; township residents will not only help pick a governor, state Senator, state Assembly members and county Sheriff, but also new Board of Education and Township Council members.

There are also the two public questions, one of which would allow proceeds from games of chance to be used for veterans organizations, and a second that would set the state minimum wage to at least $8.25 an hour, with future increases tied to cost of living increases.

In the regional races, Board of Education member Richard Arline is challenging incumbent Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano, while Mayor Brian Levine is challenging state Sen. Bob Smith for his seat in teh state’s 17th Legislative District. State Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula is running for re-election for his seat.

On a more local level, five seats on the Township Council and three seats on the Board of Education are up for grabs in the election.

In the council race, Democratic incumbents Theodore Chase, Jr., (Ward 1); Rozalyn Sherman, (Ward 2); Phil Kramer, (Ward 3); Carl R.A. Wright, (Ward 4) and James Vassanella, (Ward 5) are challenged for the five available seats by, respectively, George Albert, Edward Trainor, Anthony Mazzola, Michael Rothberg and Raleigh Steinhauer.

In the school board race, incumbent Richard Seamon is running on a slate with former board member Nancy LaCorte and newcomer Christine Danielson, with incumbent and current embattled board president Julia Presley also on the ballot for the three available seats.

For more information on the candidates (at least, those who supplied us with information), navigate to our 2013 Elections page.

Forget where your polling place is? If you don’t have your sample ballot (the polling place is in the lower left corner), try here or this cool tool from the NJ Department of State’s office.

And most importantly, don’t forget to vote!

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