Election Day in Greater Morristown: Get out and vote!

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The polls are open from 6 am to 8 pm on Election Day, Nov. 6, 2018 –make sure to vote!

Here is where to cast your ballot in Greater Morristown:

After the polls close, see Morristown Green’s home page for live, updated results of the Senate and Congressional races.

More live updates: County and local races.

Check back with Morristown Green for additional election reporting.

Here is a look at key races.


Senate candidates 2018 (L-R): Sen. Bob Menendez (Dem.), Bob Hugin (GOP).
Senate candidates 2018 (L-R): Sen. Bob Menendez (Dem.), Bob Hugin (GOP).

SENATE:

Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez faces a vigorous challenge from Republican Bob Hugin, a former executive for drug-maker Celgene who personally has spent more than $30 million on TV ads trying to brand the incumbent as corrupt.

The Senate Ethics Committee admonished Menendez after a jury could not reach a verdict in the Senator’s public corruption trial. He has denied wrongdoing, and has emphasized his work on the Affordable Care Act.

An outside group has attacked Hugin for Celgene’s price hikes on a cancer drug. Hugin, meanwhile, has tried to distance himself from President Trump, though he contributed to his campaign and was a Trump delegate at the 2016 GOP convention.


CONGRESS:

Candidates Jay Webber (R) and Mikie Sherrill (D) are competing for 11th District seat of GOP Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen. Photos by Kevin Coughlin
Candidates Jay Webber (R) and Mikie Sherrill (D) are competing for 11th District seat of GOP Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen. Photos by Kevin Coughlin

For the first time in decades, the 11th Congressional District–which includes Greater Morristown–has a hotly contested race.

Democrat Mikie Sherrill of Montclair and Republican Jay Webber of Morris Plains are vying for the seat held for 24 years by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, a Republican from Harding who is retiring.

Sherrill, a former Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor, has raised far more money than Webber, and has garnered in-person endorsements from former Vice President Joe Biden, former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords and the director of Emily’s List, among others.

President Trump has tweeted support for Webber, a Harvard-educated lawyer and state Assemblyman. Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway have campaigned with Webber.

But the only endorsements that really count are from voters.

The District, which includes parts of Morris, Essex, Passaic and Sussex counties, tilts Republican…but is Webber too conservative, as Sherrill insists? 

Will Sherrill help Democrats regain control of the House?  Or is she too liberal, as Webber contends?

Cast your ballot, then circle back here on Tuesday night for the answer.

Read Morristown Green’s coverage of the Sherrill/Webber race


BALLOT QUESTION:

New Jersey voters will be asked whether the state should borrow $500 million to support county vocational schools, local colleges, school security, and water infrastructure improvements at schools.


Freeholder race 2018. From left: Democrats Mary Dougherty, Richard Corcoran, Rupande Mehta, and Republicans Deborah Smith, John Krickus and Stephen Shaw. Photos by Kevin Coughlin
Freeholder race 2018. From left: Democrats Mary Dougherty, Richard Corcoran, Rupande Mehta, and Republicans Deborah Smith, John Krickus and Stephen Shaw. Photos by Kevin Coughlin

MORRIS COUNTY:

County Clerk Ann Grossi, a Republican from Parsippany, seeks re-election. Democrat Shalini “Shala” Gagliardi of Chatham is contesting the five-year seat.

Six people are competing for three, three-year terms on the Morris County Freeholder board.

The Republicans are fielding a slate of Deborah Smith (incumbent), John Krickus and Stephen H. Shaw.

For the Democrats, it’s Morristown’s Mary Dougherty, with Richard Corcoran and Rupande Mehta.

Read about the Freeholder candidates on Morristown Green


Candidates for the Morris School District board, at League of Women Voters forum, Oct. 16, 2018.L-R: Vij Pawar, John Creamer, Linda Murphy, Ann Rhines and Alan Smith. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Candidates for the Morris School District board, at League of Women Voters forum, Oct. 16, 2018.L-R: Vij Pawar, John Creamer, Linda Murphy, Ann Rhines and Alan Smith. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

MORRIS SCHOOL DISTRICT

The regional district, which encompasses Morristown, Morris Township and (for high school) Morris Plains, has a pair of contested races–one of them, hotly.

Morristown town Attorney Vij Pawar and John Creamer, who works for a healthcare company, are squaring off for a Morristown seat on the board.

Creamer has suggested Pawar’s role in town government could pose a conflict of interest; Pawar, who has two young children in the school system, has taken exception to that contention.

Two Morris Township seats also are in play, and three people are competing for them: Incumbent Ann Rhines, Linda Murphy and Alan Smith.

Read about the school district candidates on Morristown Green

Watch video of the school candidates’ debate on Morristown Green


Morris Township Committee candidates, L-R: Joseph Calvanelli Jr., Bruce Sisler, Jeff Grayzel and Mark Gyorfy, at LWV forum, Oct. 15, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morris Township Committee candidates, L-R: Joseph Calvanelli Jr., Bruce Sisler, Jeff Grayzel and Mark Gyorfy, at LWV forum, Oct. 15, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

MORRIS TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE

A year ago, two Democrats cracked Morris Township’s all-Republican Township Committee.

Will they gain control of the governing body on this Election Day?

Former Committeeman Jeff Grayzel and newcomer Mark Gyorfy aim to make that happen; Republican Committeeman Bruce Sisler and running mate Joseph Calvanelli Jr. will try to stop them.

It’s a replay for Grayzel and Calvanelli. A decade ago, Calvanelli narrowly defeated Grayzel–who turned the tables after a recount and a special election.

Read about the Morris Township candidates on Morristown Green

Watch video of Morris Township candidates’ debate on Morristown Green


Morris Plains 2018 mayoral candidates (L-R): Sal Cortese (GOP), Jason Karr (Dem.)
Morris Plains 2018 mayoral candidates (L-R): Sal Cortese (GOP), Jason Karr (Dem.)

MORRIS PLAINS MAYOR AND COUNCIL

An era is ending in Morris Plains, where Republican Mayor Frank Druetzler–“Uncle Frank” to generations–is retiring after 32 years.

Two councilmen–Republican Sal Cortese and Democrat Jason Karr–are vying to write the next chapter for the “Community of Caring,” a borough facing the addition of hundreds of apartments to meet its affordable housing obligation.

A pair of three-year council seats also is being contested. The Democratic contenders are Christina Genest and Jessica Prater. The Republicans are running Catherine Kelly and Dennis Wagner.

Read about the Morris Plains candidates on Morristown Green

COMPLETE ELECTION COVERAGE ON MORRISTOWN GREEN

Morris Plains 2018 council candidates (L-R): Republicans Dennis Wagner and Cathie Kelly, Democrats Jessica Prater and Tina Genest.
Morris Plains 2018 council candidates (L-R): Republicans Dennis Wagner and Cathie Kelly, Democrats Jessica Prater and Tina Genest.

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