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Cranford Mayor Kathleen Miller Prunty. (Photo: Kathleen Miller Prunty).

Control up this year in Cranford, another swing town

Democrats have a 3-2 majority with two Dem seats up in 2022

By David Wildstein, April 04 2022 2:32 pm

Cranford Mayor Kathleen Miller Prunty will seek re-election to a second term on a ticket with Terrence Curran in a local control election in a swing town in Union County.

They will face Republican Township Committeewoman Mary O’Connor, and her running mate, Chrissa Stulpin.

O’Connor ran for Union County Commissioner in 2021 and was the top vote-getter in her hometown.  She finished 292 votes ahead of the second—place candidate, Democrat Alex Mirabella, a longtime incumbent.

Curran, a trauma surgeon at Morristown Memorial Hospital who served in the U.S. Marine Corps and as a Jersey City police officer before going to medical school.  His wife, Kathleen Curran, is a former Jersey City Ward A councilwoman.

Voters in Cranford split their ticket in 2021, backing Gov. Phil Murphy by 854 votes, 54%-46%0, but also giving Republican State Sen. Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) an 86-vote plurality.  In the State Assembly race, Cranford went for Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz (R-Summit) and Democrat Elizabeth Graner.

In last year’s township committee race, Republican Regina Black defeated Democrat Kathleen Rappa by 366 votes, 52%-48%.   The Democratic majority is now 3-2.

Rappa unseated Democratic incumbent Thomas Hannen, Jr. in the Democratic primary by 259 votes, 56%-44%, after local Democrats declined to back Hannen for the organization line. Murphy had backed Rappa in the primary.

Stulpin ran locally in 2020 but she and Black lost to Democrats Brian Andrews and Jason Gareis by over 1,300 votes.

Redistricting has hugely impacted Cranford.  It was moved from the 7th congressional district to the 10th, and from the 21st legislative district to the 22nd.

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