Two Democrats and two Republicans are running for the two contested seats on Springfield’s Township Committee.
Democratic Candidates David Barnett and Margaret Bandrowski are both active members of Springfield community and government. Barnett, a resident of Springfield for more than 15 years, has served as a member of the Township Committee, Chair of the Planning Board, Chair of the Board of Adjustment and Chair of the Development Review Committee.
Bandrowski, a resident of Springfield since 1956, is a long-time member of the Springfield Historical Society and has served the past 15 years as its president and was a member of the 225th Anniversary of the Battle of Springfield Committee.
Republican Candidates Jerry Fernandez and Marc Krauss are both incumbents. The owner of the Spanish Pavillion restaurant in Harrison New Jersey, Jerry Fernandez is a Legislative Committee member of the New Jersey Restaurant Association Board of Directors and an Advisory Board member of the N.J. Alcoholic Beverage Control Director. For the past year he has been’s Springfield’s Deputy Mayor. Like his fellow Springfield Republican Mayor Ziad Shehady, Krauss has a military background, having served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and attaining the rank of Major in the Army.
In addition to the Township Committee race, elections are being held concurrently for Springfield’s Board of Education. This is the first time the BOE elections are being held in November. Three candidates are running uncontested: former Board President Jacqueline Shanes and newcomers Robin Cornelison and Dermot Mcleer.
The ballot also includes a question deciding if Springfield should opt to have a Charter Commission study its form of government over the next year and recommend possible changes. Residents are reminded that even if they do not support the measure, they should still vote for individual Commission members. Denise Devone, Hugh Keffer, Mark Cunningham, David Mitchell, Geri Ann Bujnowski and Jim Bonacorda.
Springfield residents can also vote for Union County Freeholder. Candidates include former Springfield Township Attorney Bruce Bergen. As a Democrat, Bergen is running with incumbents Mohamed S. Jalloh, left and Alexander Mirabella. The Republican challengers are Stephen Kozlovich, Krzysztof T. Nowak and Diane Barabas. There are three open seats.
Springfield is also located in the 7th Congressional District. Locals will be choosing between incumbent U.S. Representative Leonard Lance, a Republican, and challenger Upendra Chivukula, a Democrat. It will be an uphill battle for Chivukula: Lance won his primary race against David Larsen handily. Chivukula has banded with other Asian Congressional candidates to enlist support for his campaign.
Springfield residents can vote for either State Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R) and U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D) in the race for one of the two U.S. Senate seats representing New Jersey—currently held by Menendez. Kyrillos has already gone on the attack against Menendez in his primary election victory speech, calling Menendez a "mediocre" senator saying the unemployment rate, debt and spending have worsened because policies Senator Menendez supports. In a statement on primary election night, Menendez said, he looked "forward to a campaign that will focus on and discuss the differences between us in an honorable way." Kyrillos' candidacy was endorsed earlier this year by his friend and fellow Republican Gov. Chris Christie.