Roselle mayor Christine Dansereau and councilwoman Denise Wilkerson are headed to court in a bid to be on the ballot in the June 4 primary election.
The municipal clerk rejected their petitions, saying that since the two incumbents were running for different offices, they should not have filed a joint petition. Mayors run for four-year terms and council candidates for terms of three years.
According to their court filing, Dansereau and Wilkerson maintain there is no law “prohibiting candidates from filing a single Petition solely because they are running for different offices.”
Attorneys for the incumbents argue that the same voters eligible to sign petitions for Dansereau were able to also sign them for Wilkerson.
They say that the acting municipal clerk, Lydia Massey, ought to have considered that New Jersey requires a liberal construction of election laws so that candidates are not deprived of access to the ballot for technical reasons.
The Roselle Democratic organization is backing Donald Shaw, State Sen. Nick Scutari’s mayoral candidate, and his slate of council candidates over Dansereau and Archange Antoine, who has the support of Linden Mayor Derek Armstead.Roselle complaint Dansereau 2019