Bridgewater Election Guide
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Bridgewater and Somerset County.
As we look ahead to November’s elections, Bridgewater Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.
- Patrick Breslin: Although he is not on the negotiations committee, the board of education is embroiled in contract talks with the Bridgewater-Raritan Education Association, and residents have expressed concerns over the current relationship between the two entities.
- Cindy Cullen: Also a member of the current board of education, which is seeing more ill feeling toward it because of the contract negotiations.
- Daniel Petrozelli: Petrozelli was appointed to replace a seat vacated by former board member Anda Cytroen.
- Negotiations: These issues are set to weigh heavy on the minds of taxpayers as they vote in the elections, because they have expressed unhappiness with the current board's contract talks.
- Budget: The township budget was contentious this year with some council members looking to keep taxes lower and others saying they had to be higher to account for services. Filipe Pedroso, who is up for reelection, was one of those looking to keep the tax increase low.
- Freeholders: Voters will fill two three-year terms, with Republican incumbents Mark Caliguire, of Montgomery, and Patrick Scaglione, of Bridgewater, facing Democrats Anthony Pranzatelli, of Bound Brook, and Somerset resident William Galtieri. Caliguire was appointed last year to complete the term of Jack Ciattarelli, who stepped into the New Jersey Assembly seat after the death of Peter Biondi.
- 7th Congressional District: Incumbent Leonard Lance (R), who has been in office since 2009 and held off a primary charge from David Larsen, takes on Democratic challenger Upendra Chivukula.
- U.S. Senate: U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D), the junior United States Senator from New Jersey who was first appointed in 2006 to fill Jon Corzine's seat, takes on Republican challenger Joe Kyrillos, who easily defeated three opponents in the primary.
- U.S. President: President Barack Obama will presumptively face former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in a campaign that has already focused heavily on the economy and job growth.