Friday, May 24, 2013
Five clerk candidates and four freeholder candidates face off in Republican primary event.
While thunder and lightning raged outside the Lodge at Schooley’s Mountain County Park Thursday, inside the adjacent lodge building sparks flew between Republican candidates for two top Morris County elected offices. The Republican clubs of the Chesters, Mendhams, Mount Olive and Washington Township hosted debates between the primary election candidates for Morris County clerk, and three open seats on the Board of Freeholders. Seeking the five-year term to replace retiring Clerk Joan Bramhall are: Laurie Bogaard of Chester, an attorney; retiring Freeholder Ann Grossi of Parsippany, an attorney; Zbigniew Nowacki of Denville, a county treasury department employee; Michael Sanchelli of Jefferson, a township council member and county public …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Morris County Freeholder Ann Grossi is building support for her bid for a new job.
Morris County Freeholder Ann Grossi, running in the June 4 Republican primary to replace outgoing county Clerk Joan Bramhall, has something to celebrate. Her campaign has announced that the Parsippany resident has won the public support of a long list of New Jersey mayors. The list includes the names of 24 town leaders. An open letter sent to Morris County Republicans by an entity called Mayors for Ann Grossi extols the candidate's virtues. "As Republican elected officials and community leaders we can think of no one more qualified and capable of continuing the integrity and efficient management of the clerk’s office than Freeholder Ann Grossi," the document states. "Since the Liberal Media has [sic] declared war on the Republican party …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Parsippany's James Vigilante again accuses fellow township resident Ann Grossi of publicly disrespecting his Air Force service.
Morris County Clerk Republican Party candidate James Vigilante says his U.S. Air Force service was attacked again by fellow candidate Ann Grossi. Vigilante, a nine-time decorated Air Force veteran and current Air Force reservist from Parsippany, appeared at a candidates' debate held at the Montville Senior House late last week. He claimed Grossi’s campaign manager, Steve Roman, sat among the audience and fired questions at Vigilante regarding his military service. According to the candidate, Roman asked Vigilante about the $125 per day he earns as a reservist first sergeant and then criticized him for accepting pay from the military while also trying to run for a government position. Vigilante recently announced that if he wins the clerk's…
Montville Area Tea Party event held at the Montville Township Senior House.
Tuesday, April 30
The Montville Area Tea Party hosted a debate Thursday for Morris County Clerk and Montville Township Committee candidates ahead of the June 4 Primary Election. The event was at the Montville Township Senior House. Here are some photos Kathy Fisher snapped at the event. Got election news, opinions or photos from the campaign trail? Be sure to post events on our calendar, publish announcements, and blog about it on Patch. —Jake Remaly, Montville Patch editor, 973-452-1013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Denville's Zbigniew Nowacki pushes for school safety by proposing the move of polling places to an alternate location
Zbigniew Nowacki, 41 of Denville, was one of the candidates that emerged for the Morris County Clerk race in the June 4 Republican Primary Election. Nowacki—who has been an accountant in the county treasurer’s office for the past six years—builds his platform around school safety and shifting of polling places. The already heated race for Morris County Clerk includes Chester resident Laurie Bogaard, U.S. Air Force Reserves Master Sgt. and former Parsippany Township Council member James Vigilante, Freeholder Ann Grossi, who's also from Parsippany and Jefferson Councilman Michael Sanchelli. “I am concerned with the safety of our children and educators in Morris County,” he said. “A growing concern has always been security in our schools. …
Monday, April 8, 2013
New Jersey law allows contributors who donate less than $300 to remain anonymous.
A published report Sunday revealed New Jersey’s current campaign donation system needs to be revised after it was disclosed politicians can receive more money while still keeping the names of their donors secret — as long as the contributions are less than $300. The NJ.com report said most states allow campaigns to keep only those donors who give $100, $50 or less private, but Garden State politicians don’t have to report any information about people who contribute less than $300. The report said because of the state’s secretive laws, candidates were able to hide about $12 million out of the $100 million donated. The state’s rule allowing campaigns to keep these donors anonymous could undergo a re-evaluation after one of the state’s most …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Five file petitions to run for two Montville Township Committee seats.
Montville will once again have a contested primary election race as three Republican candidates filed nominating petitions indicating intentions to run for the two three-year seats that will be open this November. Incumbent Scott Gallopo will be seeking re-election while Annabelle Pierce, who ran in last year's Republican primary and lost to incumbent Don Kostka, also filed petitions. Another Republican, Richard Conklin, also filed petitions to run in the June 4 primary election. Those candidates wishing to run in the June primary had a deadline of 4 p.m. Monday to file petitions. In addition to the Republicans, two Democrats filed petitions as well and will be running in the November general election for the two open committee seats. …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
James Vigilante says opponent Ann Grossi is denigrating his service; she denies the charge.
A war of words is brewing in the race for the Morris County clerk's job. Candidate James Vigilante, a Parsippany resident and a U.S. Air Force reservist, says his opponent, Freeholder Ann Grossi, who's also from the township, is accusing him of lying about his military record. According to Vigilante, the two, and the third Republican clerk candidate, Jefferson Councilman Michael Sanchelli, spoke before a meeting of the Mt. Olive Republican club March 20. "After I spoke, I was shocked to hear her tell members of the club along with local elected officials and Morris County elected officials that I was lying about my military record,” he said. “I am disappointed by Ann Grossi’s false accusations. I have focused on my private business …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
One incumbent files petition to run while a previous challenger announces her campaign online.
With the deadline to file petitions to run in June's primary election approaching, just one Montville Township Committee candidate has formally filed a petition to run so far, according to Montville Township Clerk Trudy Atkinson. Incumbent Scott Gallopo will be seeking another term on the committee and is the only candidate who has turned in a petition, although the deadline for submitting petitions is April 1 at 4 p.m. In addition to Gallopo's own seat, Mayor Tim Braden's seat will also be up for election. Braden told Montville Patch in January that he does not plan to seek re-election this year. "Six years, for me, is the right number. Other people have their right numbers, but that is... 15 percent of my life," the 53-year-old mayor of …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Former Parsippany councilman will take on Freeholder Ann Grossi for GOP nomination.
Another Parsippany candidate has tossed his hat into the ring for the Morris County Clerk's job. U.S. Air Force Reserves Master Sgt. and former Parsippany Township Council member James Vigilante Monday announced today that he will seek the seat being vacated by Joan Bramhall in the June 4 Republican primary election. Among the challengers he will face is fellow Par-Troy resident and Freeholder Ann Grossi, who serves as the attorney for the Montville Township Public Library Board of Trustees. “I would consider it a privilege and honor to serve my fellow county residents as their county clerk," said Vigilante. "My military leadership and organizational skills combined with my governing and small business ownership experience is the perfect …