Independents File To Run In November

AREA – While Democrats and Republicans were choosing their parties’ candidates for the November general election on Tuesday, it was also the deadline for independent candidates to file their petitions to run.

Linden Mayor Richard Gerbounka will seek re-election under the slogan “People Not Party.” He will face Democrat Derek Armstead in November.


On Gerbounka’s slate, retired Linden Police Chief John Miliano is running for council president. Brian Krupski is running for Second Ward Councilman, Councilman Joe Harvanik is seeking re-election in the Third Ward and Davin Russo is running for the Fifth Ward council seat.

On the Democrats’ line, former Councilman James D. Moore is running for Council President, Councilman Richard Koziol is seeking re-election in the Second Ward, Peter A. Brown Sr. is running in the Third Ward and Rashonna Cosby-Hurling is running in the Fifth Ward.

In South Amboy, four independent candidates filed to run for the mayor’s office: John Dragotta, Vincent Mackiel, Harry Gelder and Mary O’Connor. They will face Democrat Fred Henry to see who will succeed retiring Mayor John O’Leary.

In Rahway, independent John Tluchowski filed to run against Democrat Rick Proctor and Republican Patrick Cassio to succeed James Kennedy as the city’s next mayor.

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