Woodbridge Democrats & Republicans Face Primary Challenges

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WOODBRIDGE – While Mayor John E. McCormac of Colonia is unchallenged in next month’s Democratic primary, his slate of council candidates will face some opposition.

Kyle Anderson and Gregg M. Ficara, both of Woodbridge, James V. Carroll of Fords and Brenda Yori Velasco of Colonia are running on the Democratic organization line for re-election as council members at-large.


Challenging them is Jean M. Pierce of Woodbridge, who serves as a Woodbridge Housing Authority commissioner. She has also been a member of the Woodbridge Cultural Arts Commission, the Woodbridge Historic Preservation Commission and the Sewaren Library Board.

Pierce is a member of the public policy staff of Health Professionals and Allied Employees, New Jersey’s largest union of nurses and healthcare workers. She also organized a statewide patient advocacy group, the Patients First Coalition.

Third Ward Councilwoman Michele Charmello of Avenel is running for re-election to the remainder of an unexpired term without opposition in the Democratic primary.

In the GOP primary, two slates of Republican candidates will face off. Robert Luban is running on the organization line for mayor against Christopher Struben. Both candidates are from Colonia.

Scott C. Brescher of Colonia, Susan Boros of Fords, Anthony Cuntala of Avenel and Kenneth Russo of Woodbridge are running for Council on the organization slate with Luban.

Eduardo Ascolese of Iselin, Walter P. Kaczmarek of Woodbridge, Debra Reinhart of Fords and Aaron Strange of Woodbridge are running with Struben on the “Right Choice for True Republicans” line.

Peter “Pradip” Kothari of Avenel is unopposed in the GOP primary for the remainder of an unexpired term representing the Third Ward on the Council.

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