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A Chathamite's Guide to the 2012 Primaries

One contested local election this Tuesday.


Tuesday, June 5 is Primary Day throughout New Jersey. Before you head out to vote, here are some things you need to know:

Where are the contested elections?

Between and , there is only one contested election this Primary Day, among Republcan candidates for the township committee.

Three Republican candidates are on the ballot for one available spot on the Chatham Township Committee. Joseph Contorno filed to run for the GOP nomination, but later declared he will not campaign for the role. and have actively campaigned for the votes of the 2,941 registered Republicans in the township.

I am a township Democrat. Whom can I vote for?

The township's 1,502 Democrats have only one name, Richard Erich Templin, to vote for in the primary race for township committee. Templin will run against the winner of the Republican primary in November to sit on the Chatham Township Committee.

What about in the borough?

Two seats are available on the Chatham Borough Council this fall. Len Resto and John Holman, both Republicans and sitting members of the council, are running unopposed for the two avaiable seats.

Michael Yodice is running as a Democrat, unopposed for a seat on the Chatham Borough Council.

What about county-wide elections?

At the county level, nine Republicans are seeking nomination for three of the Freeholder board's seven available seats, with only one incumbent running. The candidates are:

  • William Chedwidden, currently the Freeholder director, seeking a third term
  • John Cesaro
  • David Scapicchio
  • John Krickus
  • Ted Hussa
  • Jeremy Jedynak
  • Charles Germershausen
  • Alison Deeb
  • Ed France

Freeholder Gene Feyl's name remains on the ballot, but he has dropped out of the race. William "Hank" Lyon is running unopposed for one two-year seat on the board.

The following three Democrats are running unopposed for the Morris County Board of Freeholders:

  • Wasim Kahn
  • Joy Singh
  • Toshiba Foster

For more information on county, state and national elections, .

What about state elections?

The township sits in the 27th legislative district in New Jersey, and the borough Borough is part of the 21st legislative district. There are no elections for the districts this Primary Day.

When can I vote?

Polls throughout the state will be open between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.

I am a township residents. Where can I vote?

Poling places by district are listed below, with their addresses and telephone numbers:

  • District 1 residents vote in the truck bay at the Green Village Fire House, 529 Green Village Rd., (973) 377-7073.
  • District 2 and 4 residents vote in Webber Hall at , 525 Shunpike Rd., (973) 377-2255.
  • District 3 and 5 residents vote in the gym at , 234 Southern Blvd., (973) 635-0070.
  • District 6 residents vote in the all-purpose room of the , 58 Meyersville Rd., (973) 635-4556.
  • District 7 residents vote in the court foyer of the , 58 Meyersville Rd., (973) 635-4600.
  • District 8 and 9 residents vote in the all-purpose room at the , 495 River Rd., (973) 635-8061.
  • District 10 residents vote in the all-purpose room at the Briarwood Coachlight Club House, 235 River Rd., (973) 635-8164.

What should my polling booth have?

According to Chatham Township Clerk Gregory LaConte, each township polling both should have:

  • A map of voting districts
  • Polling places/phone numbers
  • Black pens or pencils
  • Pads
  • Scotch tape
  • Scissors
  • Paper clips
  • Elastic bands
  • String
  • Large-eyed needles
  • Tacks
  • Date stamps
  • Stamp pads
  • Township of Chatham stamp
  • Black marker

I am a borough resident. Where can I vote?

The borough's 5,874 registered voters can vote at the following locations, according to their districts:

  • District 1 and 3 residents vote in the gym at , 16 Milton Ave.District 2 residents vote in the meeting room at the , 1 Firehouse Plaza
  • District 4 and 9 residents vote in the main room at , 460 Main St.
  • District 5 and 7 residents vote in the gym at , 102 Washington Ave.
  • District 6 and 8 residents vote in the gym at the , 21 Lum Ave.


Editor's note: A previous version of this article stated voting for borough districts 4 and 9 would take place at Chatham Middle School. This error has been correct and Chatham Patch apologizes for the error.


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Ronald Whalin June 04, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Residents in Chatham Borough Districts 4 and 9 should go to The upper floor of the Chatham United Methodist Church, 460 Main St., to vote. You can find polling sites at the Morris County election website: http://www.morriselections.org/towns/chatham.asp
Edward DiFiglia June 04, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Democratic voters should also be aware that Truscha Quatrone is running a write-in campaign for the two-year Freeholder seat. The Morris County Democratic Committee has instructions on how to write-in Truscha here: http://www.morrisdems.org/MCDC%20Write%20In%20Instructions%20Truscha%205-28-12.pdf
Katherine Abbott June 04, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I am disturbed that more than 70 Ali-Nonnenmacher signs have been stolen during the Township Committee election campaign. There has been no retaliation on the part of Ali-Nonnenmacher. This is friendly municipal election in a town with high ethical standards. What is happening? Campaign signs are expensive.
Stephen Yellin June 04, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Quick comment: the Democrat running in Chatham Borough is Mike Yodice, not Yordice.
baileybrowerjr June 04, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Kathy- I hope this is not intended to point a finger at the Kevin Sullivan supporters. Things like stealing or defacing signs unfortunately happens in every election by people who try to discredit one or the other candidates. Both Kevin and Laura deserve better than this. Bailey Brower, Jr,. Twp. Committeeman
Richard E. Templin June 04, 2012 at 05:07 PM
The same people that stole all the "Say No to Commercial Farming" signs. Hundreds of those were stolen. I even have photos of your landscaper and other "pro-farmers" stealing them, but you didn't seem to care then. You even rewarded them. See an example here: http://www.savegreenvillage.com/2012/04/wanted-sign-nappers/ Now, I have spoken out on other comments how unfair Team Sullivan has been to Laura (see here http://chatham.patch.com/articles/brower-endorses-sullivan-for-committee). It just seems hyprocritical of you to complain about it now.
Richard E. Templin June 04, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Oh and I forgot to mention the 150 "Anybody but Brower" signs that were stolen on behalf of Bailey Brower. Your boys also managed to take quite a few Abott and Ali signs back then too.
Richard E. Templin June 04, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Bailey, While we are at it. What about those Sullivan signs up at Noe Pond? That seems to suggesting the message, "Vote Sullivan or your membership goes bye-bye".
TCG June 04, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Yikes...here we go again...more childish patter about stealing signs. Great example for the kids. Of course I believe it was Mr. Brower who suggested driving a nail into a kids' basketball if happens to roll onto your driveway, so no surprise that the tactics and whining rhetoric of a 4-year-old are being used in a local election. Wake up folks...the signs are useless. I'll go out on a limb and predict about 1000 people will show up to vote - maybe a few more - and that every single one of them had their mind made up about whom they will vote well before the first sign was put up or stolen. To suggest signs that do nothing but ruin the beauty of the town will sway even a single voter is an indication of how completely divorced from reality this discussion has become. Find me a voter in Chatham who made his or her decision on whom to vote for based on how many signs they saw and I'll show you yet another misinformed, delusional voter who has no idea what they are voting for. By the way...as I read all the pomises being made by the candidates, I never ever hear a word about HOW they will effect the changes they promise. Hmmm...wonder why that would be....
Richard E. Templin June 04, 2012 at 07:13 PM
TCG, I love it when you enter into a debate because you bring a sense of reality to it. True, these signs are meaningless and I agree the're a nuisance. The good news is they will be cleaned up in two days and they will not annoy us anymore. What the voters should care about in the display is the issue of ethics. We all know politicians are scummy. Even the good ones will admit it is a scummy business. What is being talked about is the notion of "honor amongst thieves". The stealing of signs is considered in the political world as being one of the most rotten things you can do. (The only thing worse to do with a sign is showcased here http://www.savegreenvillage.com/2011/07/danny-throws-brower-out-with-the-trash/). The point is when Team Sullivan/Brower are out stealing signs, they are doing something so sleazy that even other politicians look at them with disgust. That should be a sign for the voters to find somebody better.
Dave 2 June 05, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Here we go with the posting of the hack web site. Templin, you have posted the most illegal signs in town...what do you know about a political sign??. All of you signs have been illegally posted and removed accordingly. The only reason people stole your signs is because they see them as a big joke. Are your going to post " I'm suing the town..vote for me!". If your honing to speak up, please state what you actually stand for besides the Market Ordinance.......educate us please!
Richard E. Templin June 05, 2012 at 03:20 AM
This is kind of like a first amendment thing. Why do you hate children and democracy? What's wrong with you? Besides, shouldn't you be runnng around stealing signs for Sullivan. That dimwit needs all the illegal help he can get!
Dave 2 June 05, 2012 at 11:07 AM
What do you know about the amendments. You sir are a crying, laughable hack that is trying to get in the way of Township politics. Every time you comment you show how amature you are. You still have not answered the question if you own or rent any property other then on Green Village Rd. Not saying that we want you around more (trust me we don't want that!) but it appears that you are never actually in Green Village. How can you have so much to say about a town that you don't spend any time in? Let the people who live here and care about this town run this town.
Richard E. Templin June 05, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Danny, You just lurk on every page you can. For anyone actually following this controversy over at this link http://chatham.patch.com/articles/green-villagers-sue-twp-over-market-garden-ordinance. Danny has brought it over here. Here's the background. Danny plays political dirty tricks for Team Brower/Sullivan. He is also one of the "farmers". Danny got one of the other politicians knocked off the ballot. See here: http://chatham.patch.com/articles/2-republicans-drop-out-of-township-primary. He also tried to do the same thing against me. Apparently, Sullivan is terrified to have to run against me in November. If you need to verify the information for yourself, call our Town Clerk, Greg Laconte. He will give you whatever you need. In the meantime, Danny wil go on thinking he is Donald Trump with his birther controversy.
KenD June 05, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Richard, Why are you following Kathy's landscaper around? How do even know what landscaper she uses? That's more than a little creepy. I'm pretty sure her landscaper doesn't take orders from her beyond what type of fertilizer to use and how high to cut the grass.
Richard E. Templin June 05, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Danny, What part do you find creepy? The fact they are doing this or that people have provided me photos of it? See then in action: http://www.savegreenvillage.com/2012/04/wanted-sign-nappers/
chatham7 June 05, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Why on earth would anyone, let alone Sullivan, a Marine, be terrified against you? Yes, you are crazy but I can't imagine him bowing to that. May want to get a new "source". I am sure when after Sullivan wins today he will look forward to the next step.
Richard E. Templin June 05, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Danny, First of all, you seem to be pretty scared based on all your fake name usages and this crazy post you made. post chat5 4:23 pm on Friday, May 25, 2012 Richard - You are a danger to the town and its residents. http://chatham.patch.com/articles/committee-passes-market-garden-ordinance#comments Second, if this Sullivan guy was any man, he would get rid of thugs like you. If he has to cheat to win, than he doesn't get any points in my book. Plus it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out he is all ego and no bite.
Dave 2 June 05, 2012 at 05:23 PM
For the 100th time...I am not Danny! And best of all I don’t even know Sullivan. Is it that crazy to you that someone else might be on to your tricks. The people have the right to know the truth about you. You have caused nothing but aggravation to this town. You solicit an out dated hack web site that was developed and maintained by you and post old articles and comments. Wow, talk about lurking...your on here aren’t you?? I will challenge you every step of the way Mr. Templin. Are you going to answer the questions????
TCG June 05, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Can we give this nonsense a rest? So far...on this glorious election day...a whopping 15 voters have tunred ou the Borough. No word on the Township yet, but it seems safe to say that if took all the Chatham residents who care about his election and got 'em all together, they'd fit nicely into one voting booth. Can anyone say oligarchy?
Richard E. Templin June 05, 2012 at 07:49 PM
TCG, You are bringing it back to reality. Folks, let's get out and vote. Our current Committee just prooved that they will happily destroy any neighborhood to give themselves tax breaks and rezone residential properties to commercial to the benefit of their cronies. They can care less about protecting our children from perverts. And they are destroying the beauty of our town. See http://chatham.patch.com/articles/green-villagers-sue-twp-over-market-garden-ordinance. This is reason we have to vote!
Dave 2 June 05, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Tax breaks and perverts? You are a hack....
Andrew June 05, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I voted for all of our Republican candidates.. Leave the land to local farmers.. I look to run for our local government in the future. Thank You. Andrew
jimmy October 18, 2012 at 02:01 AM
All of his credentials are false...he is a fraud... do the fact check. He is full of lies and harasses and attacks anyone who doesn't agree with his ridiculous views. He actually lives in NY, not Chatham, so why is he running for Chatham Township Committee...check the facts. Don't vote for Richard Erich Templin that got fired from Pfizer. A vote for Templin is a vote for a dick!
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