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Capitol Report

October 26, 2009

By Tamika Wilson

This special edition of the Capitol Report provides an official list of candidates for the November 2009 General Election. Attorneys are listed in bold and (*) denotes incumbents. It is compiled by the government affairs department of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

General Assembly

32nd District Bergen (part) - Hudson (part)

Democrats - Joan Quigley* and Vincent Prieto*

Politicians are Crooks - Herbert H. Shaw

33rd District Hudson (part)

Democrats - Ruben J. Ramos Jr.* and Caridad Rodriguez*

Republicans - Beth S. Hamburger and John Barbadillo

34th District Essex (part) - Passaic (part)

Democrats - Thomas P. Giblin* and Sheila Y. Oliver*

Republicans - Michael G. Mecca, III and Matthew Tyahla

A Better Tomorrow - Clenard H. Childress, Jr. and David L. Taylor Jr.

35th District Bergen (part) - Passaic (part)

Democrats - Nellie Pou* and Elease Evans*

Republicans - Lynn Anne Shortway and George Sawey

36th District Bergen (part) - Essex (part) - Passaic (part)

Democrats - Frederick Scalera* and Gary S. Schaer*

Republicans - Carmen Pio Costa and Donald Diorio

37th District Bergen (part)

Democrats - Gordon M. Johnson* and Valerie Vainieri Huttle*

Republicans - Barry Bellin and Wojciech Siemaszkiewicz

38th District Bergen (part)

Democrats - Concetta Wagner* and Joan M. Voss*

Republicans - Nicholas Lonzisero and Judith Fisher

39th District Bergen (part)

Republicans - Charlotte Vandervalk* and Robert Schroeder

Democrats - Michael J. McCarthy and John L. Shahdanian II (NJSBA member)

40th District Bergen (part) - Essex (part) - Passaic (part)

Republicans - David C. Russo* (NJSBA Member) and Scott T. Rumana*

Democrats - Mark Bombace and John Agostinelli

Senate Candidates (Special Election)

6th District Camden (part)

Democrat - James Beach*

Republican - Joseph A. Adolf

23rd District Hunterdon (part) - Warren

Republicans - Michael J. Doherty

Democrats - Harvey Baron

The following public question will appear on the Nov. 3, 2009, General Election ballot:


Shall the "Green Acres, Water Supply and Floodplain Protection, and Farmland and Historic Preservation Bond Act of 2009," which authorizes the State to issue bonds in the amount of $400 million to provide moneys for (1) the acquisition and development of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, including lands that protect water supplies, (2) the preservation of farmland for agricultural or horticultural use and production, (3) the acquisition, for recreation and conservation purposes, of properties that are prone to or have incurred flood or storm damage, and (4) funding historic preservation projects; and providing the ways and means to pay the interest on the debt and also to pay and discharge the principal thereof, with full public disclosure of all spending, be approved?


Approval of this act would authorize $400 million in funding for Green Acres, water supply and floodplain protection, and farmland and historic preservation projects through the sale of State general obligation bonds. The Green Acres program acquires land that protects water supplies and preserves open space, including parks, fish and wildlife habitat, and flood prone or affected areas. It also funds park improvements and facilities. Of the total sum authorized: (1) $218 million will be used for Green Acres; (2) $146 million will be used for farmland preservation purposes; (3) $24 million will be used for the "Blue Acres" program by which the State may purchase from willing sellers, for open space preservation purposes, properties that are prone to or have incurred flood or storm damage; and (4) $12 million will be used for historic preservation purposes. All spending of the authorized bond proceeds will be subject to full public disclosure.


The polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Find Your Polling Place

If you are unsure where you are supposed to cast your ballot, the New Jersey Division of Elections has a polling place search page. The search page can be found at

Vote by Mail

New Jersey voters can now vote by mail in any election by completing the Application for Vote by Mail Ballot, and mailing the application to their County Clerk up to seven days prior to the election. The Application for Vote by Mail Ballot is available online at or at your County Clerk's office. A voter may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3:00 p.m., the day before the election.

The County Clerk cannot accept faxed or emailed copies of an Application for Vote by Mail Ballot, unless you are a Military or Overseas Voter, since an original signature is required.

Identification Requirements

You must show identification at the polling place when you appear to cast your vote on Election Day. According to state guidelines, identification may include, but is not limited to, any current, valid photo identification, such as:

  • Driver's license
  • Student or job ID
  • Military or other government ID
  • Store membership ID
  • U.S. Passport


  • A bank statement
  • Car registration
  • Government check or document
  • Non-photo driver's license
  • Rent receipt
  • Sample ballot
  • Utility bill or any other official document

If you show identification, you will be allowed to cast a vote in the voting machine. If you don't show identification, you will vote by provisional ballot and have until the close of business on the second day after the election to provide identification to the applicable county election office. You will be given a hand-out at the polling place that will tell you which county election office to contact.

If you have any questions, you can call 1-877-NJVOTER (1-877-658-6837).