Summit Republicans have recruited a former police chief to run for Common Council in the June primary.
Robert Weck, who spent 31 years with the Summit police department – including nine as chief –must run as a write-in candidate in the June 8 GOP primary since the party hasn’t recruited a candidate in advance of the April 5 filing deadline. Weck needs a relatively small number of write-in votes to qualify.
Assuming he makes the general election ballot, he’ll face political newcomer Andy Minegar, the choice of local Democrats following the retirement of Councilman David Naidu.
Once a Republican stronghold – Democrats went 80 years without winning a local election until taking two council seats in 2001 – the Common Council now has a 6-1 Democratic majority.
“I am immensely proud to see Chief Weck step up again to serve our community,” said Steve Spurr, the city’s GOP municipal chairman. “Summit’s best days are surely ahead with this committed public servant joining Councilwoman Lisa Allen and Ward 2 Council candidate David Fosgate on the Republican ticket this year.
In the 2020 presidential election, Joe Biden carried Summit by a 68%-31% margin over Donald Trump. In the close 7th district congressional race, Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) won Summit by a 59%-41% margin against Republican challenger Thomas Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield), the minority leader of the New Jersey State Senate.