Sullivan Wins Township's GOP Primary

20 votes separate Kevin Sullivan from Laura Ali Nonnenmacher

Administrator Tom Ciccarone said Kevin Sullivan won a total of 573 votes in the township's Republican Primary Tuesday.

Initial results showed Sullivan with 566 votes, and contender Laura Ali Nonnenmacher with 530 votes.

When mail-in and in-person ballots were counted, Sullvan picked up seven more votes and Nonnenmacher picked up 23, for a final result of only 20 votes separating the two.

"It was a great race," Sullivan said after final results were released. "I think both of us ran good, effective campaigns, and I think we both ran as hard as we could."

Sullivan said he was impressed by turn-out in a primary election with no major contentious elections, other town local committee and Freeholder board.

"Obviously whenever you're competing, when you have a fine competitor, it brings out the best in you," Sullivan said, adding that is what Nonnenmacher did in this primary.

"My thanks to Laura for running a hard campaign, and my thanks to those who came out to vote," Sullivan said.

As for the contested general election in November, Sullivan said he will continue his strategy of "[talking] to as many people in the town as possible, to talk to them about what matters, what's important."

The final results were released less than 15 minutes after Ciccarone said at about 9:15 that unofficial results for the township's Republican primary are "close enough that I wouldn't celebrate yet."

When votes were tallied from the machines after polls closed, Ciccarone said Sullivan had 566 votes and Nonnenmacher 530.

Forty-one mail-in and in-person ballots were issued in Chatham Township, enough to upset the results, Ciccarone said.

Nonnenmacher was not present in the as results were released, and did not immediately return telephone calls requesting comments on the results.

Joseph Contorno, who did not actively campaign for the GOP primary in Chatham Township, also earned 20 votes.

Including mail-in and in-person voting, Township Clerk Greg LaConte said 1,409 out of the township's registered 7,544 voters came to the polls Tuesday, for a total voter turn-out of 18.67 percent.

Full results from Tuesday's township primary are below.

Republican Results


Mitt Romney 934 Ron Paul 66 Newt Gingerich  17 Rick Santorum  24 US Senate
Joe Kyrillos 793 Joe Rully 39 Bader Qarmout 14 David Brown 28 US House of Representatives Rodney Frelinghuysen 907 Board of County Freeholders (3-yr. term) Charles Germershausen 164 John Cesaro 361 John Krickus 393 David Scapicchio 257 William Chedwidden 267 Jeremy  Jedynak 198 Gene Feyl 153 Edward France 109 Philip Hussa 82 Alison Deeb 304 Board of County Freeholders (2-yr. term) Hank Lyon 614 Chatham Township Committee
Kevin Sullivan  7 573 Laura Ali Nonnenmacher 23 553 Joseph Contorno 0 20


Democratic Results

Race Candidate Mail-In Total Results President

Barack Obama 186 US Senate Robert Menendez 178 US House of Representatives John Arvanites 169 Board of Freeholders (3-yr. term) Toshiba Foster 170 Wasim Khan 168 Joy Singh 170 Chatham Township Committee Richard Templin 149
patricia Moran June 06, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Laura, I am sorry that you lost but you can be proud of your campaign considering that you lost by just a few votes. It is so disappointing to me that so few of our people vote. Do you know why? Pat Moran
Bridget Polanin June 06, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Congrats Kevin! On to November! John and Bridget Polanin
Biff June 06, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Laura, Please, please consider running as a write-in candidate! I can’t tell you how many Independents and Democrats I know that are sad that they were not able to vote for you in the GOP primary. While you split the republican vote, I will tell you that among Independents and Dems you are the far, far more popular choice. There are a very large of number of Township residents like me who just don’t want to see yet another one of “Bailey’s Boys” (which includes Nicole Haggard) join the Township Committee “Club”. We sincerely hope you consider running, and promise that we will do all that we can to get you elected. The Committee needs more independence, Kathy is woefully outnumbered.
Laura Ali June 06, 2012 at 06:36 AM
I called Kevin to congratulate him and wish him well. People in Chatham Township should know that in a close election, mistakes made by the administrators of this election process really could impact results. Everyone should know that in District 7 - my district - there was a serious error printed on the ballot. My name was printed mistakenly in two contested races (one with someone's name who shouldn't have even been on district 7's ballot) It should have only been printed in one contested race - Township Committee only. This caused alot of confusion to older voters and I have many witnesses hearing questions being raised and not answered. This mistake was made by the township clerk who reports to Tom Ciccarone. Although I was told there would be mailers sent out to district 7 residents on friday explaining the mistake, that never occured. Also, in Districts 2 and 3, many unaffiliated voters were turned away by the people working the polls, being told they weren't allowed to vote. Not only is this not true but its not what the law permits. Any unaffiliated voter has the right to declare their party at a primary and vote. When I campaigned on the premise of running the town like a business, this is what I meant and why the town needs it. When only 20 votes seperate the candidates, mistakes like these can make an impact.
Imme June 06, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Congrats to Kevin Sullivan! No person who was ever forced to attend any "corporate training" sessions in the past 20 year could have voted for the "cliche lady". Seriously, those signs around town were awful!
John Nonnenmacher June 06, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Congradulations Kevin and good luck.
Marianne carillo June 06, 2012 at 12:23 PM
My sister Laura is a hard working dedicated person and mother. And anyone who knows her well will stand by this. She is a very successful business owner and has volunteered so much of her time in this town, especially in the schools where her children go. So to whoever wrote that comment about those signs being awful, you obviously aren't too mature and don't know my sister Laura very well! Why don't you take a lesson on being more kind and lead a better example for all the younger people who read these comments! Not nice at all! Grow up!
chatham7 June 06, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Chatham Township is fortunate to have had two quality candidates to choose from. Either would serve the town well. There seems to have been two different approaches to campaining. With a race so close neither approach (including signs!) Seems to have had a distint advantage over the other. Both sides ran a great campaign Congratulations to Kevin Sullivan for his victory.
william duffy June 06, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Congratulations all around. Now my phone will stop ringing with "important recorded messages" at least until November. I'll decide what's important to me, thank you very much! "Do Not Call" rules should especially apply to politicians.
Joe Ali June 06, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Laura, We are very , very proud of you. You ran a great campaign with so much energy and commitment. To those of you who supported our daughter for these past few months, we give you much thanks. Although it will be Laura's choice , we will encourage her to continue to move forward in her effort to obtain a seat on the Township Committee. Mom and Dad
P Smythe June 06, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Sounds like sour grapes. What happened to the magnaminous Laura Ali who thanked all her supporters just yesterday?
Stacey Ewald June 06, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I love how people call it "sour grapes" when it's their candidate who benefitted from serious errors in the process. It is my understanding that numerous voters were turned away from the polls - voters who could have easily changed the results of the election. That's on top of a ballot error which I found very confusing when I received my sample in the mail - and I know the candidate! The Township Committee should be appalled by these errors in the process. They, above everyone else, should hold our voting process sacred.
Biff June 06, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Bingo Stacey!! What is going on in Chatham Township is truly scary and warrants an independent investigation. The layers of the onion need to get pulled back. It’s a well known fact that neither Bailey, Nicole nor Tom Ciccarone want Laura Nonnenmacher on the Township Committee, as she will illuminate the dirty little secrets and back room deals , and expose the onion’s core. Just watch and see if my prediction comes true of the ultimate cu de gra in unethical, scandalous political behavior. I predict that Bailey and Nicole will pick Joe Contorno who got 20 votes, over Laura who got 553 votes, to fill the open Tubbs seat (until November). I know this seems impossible that even they could do such an obvious, transparent act, but just watch, that’s my predictions!!
Stacey Ewald June 06, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Biff, I am ever the optomist and truly believe that all people are good at heart so I will hold out hope that our Township representatives will hold their personal opinions or discomfort aside and vote with their consituents. But in case that isn't their plan, I hope you will join me and my friends in emailing our expectations for their vote this evening. I've given Laura Nonnenmacher much praise but, by far, my favorite attribute her outspokenness. Good, bad or indifferent, she's gonna tell you how it is and bless her for it. I want to know what's going on in my community and I know Laura will illuminate the realities of Township politics for all of us to see. Let's hope the rest of the Township Committee can deal with that!
Biff June 06, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Stacey, I cannot argue with you and I applaud your efforts on behalf of Laura. Let’s hope your optimism is justified. We shall see whether Good (your prediction), or Evil (my prediction) prevails. For the sake of Chatham Township I hope you are the better gauge of messrs. Brower and Hagner.
John Smith June 07, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Haha keep it classy John Ali (Nonnenmacher). Your three kids would be proud.
Biff June 07, 2012 at 04:55 PM
That their Father is standing up for what is right and defending their Mother who is being wronged? I’m sure that they are VERY proud of their Dad, as they should be!! Not only is John an incredible community volunteer, but he is a fighter for what is right. The Township needs more leaders who fight for what is right, as least three more on the Township Committee to Join Kathy and Bob.
John Nonnenmacher June 07, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Thank you so very much. Have a great day.
Biff June 07, 2012 at 05:36 PM
No, thank you John for all your public service and commitment to our community. Chatham Education, Wrestling, the Boy Scouts, the Republican Party, amoung others are all far better because of your efforts!! Thanks for fighting for truth and what's right, too!!
John Smith June 07, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I heard all about the class you displayed the other morning at the country store
P. Smythe June 07, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Shameful language and attitude from a Chatham Board of Ed member and community leader. I'm embarrassed to be from the same town as you.
DIRTY DAN June 07, 2012 at 07:10 PM
P.Smythe, then you should move. Do you have any idea how much John N has contributed to our community. Have you volunteered as much time as he has.Have you encouraged more children to achieve than he has? I am willing to bet that he did more for Chatham this morning than you have done during your entire residence in Chatham.Unlike other people in Chatham he has integrity and he calls it like it is. If you dont want to live in the same town as him, then move. I will help you move.
John Nonnenmacher June 07, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Despite all of the minutia, Kevin and Laura ran very clean campaigns. I did not hear Kevin say any thing negative about Laura and Laura certainly did not say any thing negative about Kevin. Congrats to both Kevin and Laura and good luck to Kevin.
Laura Silvius (Editor) June 08, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Hi everyone, Please remember these comments are an opportunity for discussion, not a forum for personal attacks. Those comments with inappropriate language have been removed. Anyone with questions can refer to the Terms of Use (http://chatham.patch.com/terms) or contact me with questions. If inappropriate comments continue, we will close down comments on this article. Sincerely, Laura Silvius Chatham Patch Local Editor
Biff June 08, 2012 at 05:21 PM
AMAZING!!!!!! I just figured it out . . . Templin you’re Brilliant!!!!!!!! The two people most responsible for getting Mr. Templin elected come November. . . Bailey Brower and Nicole Hagner! Yup, that is an indisputable fact! Bailey and Nicole have successfully driven a divide right down the center of the Township GOP, which the brilliant Mr. Templin will cruise through to victory. Mr. Templin, you are so, so shrewd!! I bet you knew all along that the Achilles heel of the mighty Bailey Brower was personal ego. Your ante Bailey/Nicole rhetoric k is all a facade!!! You probably also think the Township GOP are too stupid (we’ll see come Monday) to see your stroke of genius, and by selecting someone other than Laura on Monday will gift you the election come November. Man Templin, you sure are one savvy chess player!! At a minimum, you should send gift baskets to Bailey, Nicole and the rest of the GOP committee members that vote for someone other than Laura Monday night.
Biff June 08, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Kevin Sullivan, I say this with 100% complete sincerity, if I were you I would pull out all the stops and get everyone that I know to beg/plead the Township GOP to select Laura for the interin position/seat!! The two people that are most threatening your chances in November are Nicole Hagner and Bailey Browere, seriously, think about it!!!!!!
maggie carroll June 08, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Bravo- both Laura and John Nonnemacher give so much of themselves- they are a wonderful couple and family and Chatham is a better place because of their efforts.


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