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North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco, center, files 10,492 signatures on his re-election nominating petitions.

Filing deadline for some offices on Monday

By David Wildstein, August 28 2020 10:30 am

The deadline to file nominating petitions to run in November non-partisan elections is coming on Monday.

Candidates need to file by 4 PM on August 31.

That’s also the deadline for school board and fire commissioner races to be elected in the November 3 general election.

Non-partisan municipal elections for mayor will be held in Perth Amboy, Vineland, Mahwah, Bradley Beach, Cape May City, and Spotswood.

Municipalities that have non-partisan municipal elections this fall include Asbury Park, Cedar Grove (special), Garfield, Irvington, Island Heights, Jackson, Jersey City (special), Manchester, Monmouth Beach, Sparta, West Orange, and West Wildwood.

In 2010, New Jersey began allowing municipalities to shift their local races from May to November in a bid to increase voter turnout and eliminate the cost of a free-standing election.

One municipality tried to go in the reverse direction.

Mount Laurel Republicans, which have a 3-2 majority on the township council, tried to switch their partisan elections to non-partisan after GOP Mayor Kurt Folcher became concerned that the 2020 presidential race night affect is own re-election contest.

Folcher got his council, along party lines, to put the measure on the ballot last year.  That’ when he poked the bear: Assemblywoman Carol Murphy (D-Mount Laurel) moved legislation at amazing speed to require a super-majority – four votes, not three – to put a change of government matter before the voters.

Evesham, Hopewell Township, Mantua and Plumsted are among the municipalities holding November fire elections.  Most towns don’t directly elect fire commissioners, and among those who do, the majority are elected on the second Saturday in February.

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