Hillsborough Election Guide
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting the township and Somerset County.
Here is what you need to know about Election Day 2012. Bookmark this page for updates.
- Sample Ballot: To see your sample ballot and find information about candidates, go to the County Clerk's Election website.
- Polling locations: IMPORTANT: Many locations have been moved in the township. Hillsborough polling locations can be found here.
- Township Committee: A pair each of Republicans and Democrats, as well as an Independent candidate, will via for two seats on the Hillsborough Township Committee in the Nov. 6 general election. For the GOP, incumbent Mayor Carl Suraci and is joined by planning board member Greg Burchette, who replaced Committeeman Robert Wagner on the ticket when Wagner withdrew his name after he accepted a position with the New Jersey Department of Labor. The Democrats will present Democratic Committee Chairman Michael Goldberg and successful Democratic primary write-in candidate James Farley. Also on the ballot running on the Independent ticket will be political newcomer Judd Mandell. Suraci, Burchette win election to committee.
- Somerset County 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. Freeholder race too close to call.
- 16th District Assembly: Special election will pit current Assemblywoman Donna Simon (R) against challenger Marie Corfield (D) to finish the unexpired term of late Hillsborough resident Pete Biondi. District 16 race too close to call.
- 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. Election called for Lance.
- 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. Menendez keeps seat in Senate.
- U.S. President: Democratic President Barack Obama faces former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) in a campaign that has focused heavily on the economy and job growth. Also on the ballot is Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson. Barack Obama wins second term as president.
Breaking Down the Election
- A lower than usual turnout is expected due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Who might benefit if that's the case? New Jersey insiders say Romney.
- What does history say about how the Garden State and how it will vote? If the last five elections are any indication, the incumbent president will come out on top.