Local Elections

Exercise Your Right to Vote on November 3, 2020

Local elections directly impact the legislation, schools, and budget allocations of your community. The purpose of this election guide is to help you better understand your local government and the candidates who will be on the ballot this year. 

The Montgomery School District Board of Education, which includes Rocky Hill Borough, is made up of nine seats. Elected members serve three-year terms. Each January, the Board elects a Board President and Vice President. 

 

Eight candidates are running for three open seats and one unexpired term, in the general election on November 3. Read the profiles of all the candidates here.

The Montgomery Township Committee is made up of five committee members. One committee member is selected as Mayor each January. The committee exercises all legislative power of the Township, except matters of health which are controlled by the Board of Health. 

 

Current Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, recently announced she is dropping out of the race. Two candidates are now vying for one seat on the committee. Read more here.

The Rocky Hill Borough Council includes the Rocky Hill Mayor, council president, and five council members. Three candidates are running for two open seats on the council: Thomas Bremner (D), Susan P. Bristol (I), and Denise Varga (I).

Somerset County is governed and managed by a Board of Chosen Commissioners, previously called freeholders. The board consists of five members, two of which are up for election this year to serve three-year terms. 

 

Four candidates are running for county commission: Paul Drake (D), Brian Gallagher (R), Brian Levine (R), and Douglas Singleterry (D)

The county surrogate is in charge of probating wills, appointing administrators to estates, appointing guardians of adults and minors, and handling trusts for minors. The surrogate also acts as Deputy Clerk to the Superior Court for the processing of adoptions and other matters. 

 

Incumbent Frank Bruno (R) is running against Bernice “Tina” Jalloh (D) for Somerset County Surrogate. 

Incumbent Tom Malinowski (D) is running against Thomas H. Kean Jr. (R) to serve the 7th congressional district of New Jersey, which includes parts of Somerset county, in the House of Representatives. 

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