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Nonnenmacher to Fill Vacant Township Seat

Joe Contorno, the other leading candidate, removed himself from consideration Monday.

The Chatham Township Republican Committee chose Laura Ali Nonnenmacher to fill the unexpired seat on the Chatham Township Committee Monday.

The result came after Joseph Contorno, the other leading candidate for the seat, told the committee he did not wish to be considered.

Tom Basta, the chair of the Chatham Township Republican Committee, said Contorno and Nonnenmacher were "the two candidates with the most votes" as the committee went into its meeting Monday night. The two were invited to give brief presentations to the committee during the meeting.

"Joe used his time to withdraw from the race," Basta said. "[He] made a selfless and courageous decision to remove himself from consideration."

Once Contorno made his announcement, Basta said, "Laura was elected overwhelmingly."

The recent election results, in which Nonnenmacher lost to Kevin Sullivan by a mere 20 votes, was in the forefront of the committee members' minds, according to Basta.

"Everyone is aware of the election results, and everyone took that into account," Basta said.

The message now, he said, is that the Republican party has spoken with one voice as general elections draw near.

"We walked out of that meeting tonight and every single person was 100 percent united and together supporting Kevin Sullivan," Basta said.

Biff June 12, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Congratulations Laura! Better late than never. Thank you for not giving up the fight. Thank you all who stood up and rallied support for what was right and let your voices be heard. You won this victory, your effort totally made the difference, something that all can feel very proud of! A bully used to getting his own way learned that thanks to the efforts of many, it isn’t always his way or the highway. Thank you Kathy Abbot and Bob Gallop, you are true leaders who listen to and stand up for your constituents. Your bravery set an example for everyone, especially our youth, to see and emulate. You rightly should feel very proud of what you did. There is a real silver lining to come out of this difficult process, that being that a lot Chatham residents learned the power of taking action, organizing and standing up for what is right. This incident also aluminates for all to see, who are true leaders and local heroes are, members of our community including everyone listed above who took a stand and weren’t going to just sit back and except a wrong decision. To all of you who rallied together and took up the call to arms, Bravo!! A sweet victory for the Good Team!
easygoing June 12, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Congratulations to Laura! Great job Tom in uniting the commitee 100% in support of Sullivan in Novembers election. Great to see party unity.
Lauren Cooper June 12, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Congratulations Laura, a well deserved victory, indeed!! However, let it be known that I am a registered Republican and a Chatham Township resident and I was both embarrassed and angered at the way Hagner and Brower handled this entire process....shame on them!!
Biff June 12, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Ok, day two reality and Tom Basta's "spin" quote about 100% unity behind "Bully" and Nicole's boy Kevin, come November. Hopefully this is what it sounds more like, Tom's 100% fantasy. The Township "Good Team" of Kathy, Bob, and Laura won a majority that lasts until November, but what then? A best case senecio would be a re-call vote for Nicole's seat, and Laura running for and winning that. Then "Bully's" boy can duke it out w/ Mr. Templin in Nov. The thought of "Bully" sitting opposite a victorious Mr. Templin and the rest of the Good Team is too delicious for words, just imagine that! Option 2 is for Laura to wage a right-in campaign in Nov, which could certainly yield a win given the ground swell of support she just recently garnered. Either now, or in 2013, Nicole has got to go!!
Captain Jack June 12, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Iin the words of William Shatner, get a life
John Nonnenmacher June 13, 2012 at 01:11 AM
This is where things start to get out of hand.

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