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Candidate filings (updated)

Posted by edison1205 on April 11, 2011

Petitions to run as a partisan nominee for this year’s elections were due today.

Democrats Barbara Buono, Peter Barnes and Pat Diegnan will be unopposed in their respective primaries for re-election for the 18th district.

Republican Gloria Dittman filed to oppose Buono for the Senate seat.  Joseph Sinagra of Helmetta and Marcia Silva of South River filed for the Republican nomination for the 2 Assembly seats.

Independents wishing to run for any of these seats have until primary day, June 7, to make their filings.  One hundred valid signatures from registered voters are required on each petition.

This post will be updated once we receive word on county and local filings.


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Legislative redistricting (updated)

Posted by edison1205 on April 2, 2011

Round 1 of the legislative redistricting process is now complete.  Now we wait to see whether the Republicans, Tea Partiers, minority voting coalitions, or others, will sue to invalidate the map.

Assuming the map holds, it will not have a substantial impact on Edison, which is in the 18th Legislative District (now represented by Barbara Buono, Peter Barnes III and Patrick Diegnan).  The 18th will remain as-is, except it will lose  Spotswood and gain Highland Park.

This decision avoids the absolute mess that an earlier version of the map had proposed: merging Edison and Woodbridge, and leaving Buono to face Joseph Vitale in a Senate primary.

On the other hand, this shift makes the district slightly more progressive, which is good for Buono but which may make things more difficult for the pro-life Peter Barnes.

Interestingly, Highland Park was formed out of Raritan Township (as Edison was then known) in 1905.  With this new map, Edison and Highland Park will again have a political connection.

We won’t know until April 11 whether there will be any partisan challengers to the Buono-Barnes-Diegnan team.  That’s the day nominating petitions are due for Democrats and Republicans seeking seats in the Legislature (and all other county and local offices, for that matter).  Independents who want to make a run for the seat have until June 7, the day of the primary election, to file petitions.

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Sen. Buono to hold public hearing on school cuts

Posted by edison1205 on January 19, 2011

Senator Barbara Buono, joined by 19th District Assemblymen Peter Barnes and Patrick Diegnan will hold a public hearing in Edison Thursday, Jan. 20, to give students, parents, teachers and residents an opportunity to share how the Governor’s $1 billion cut to public education has impacted their lives and their schools.  The hearing is at Edison High School and runs from 6:00 to 8:30 pm.

According to a press release from the Senator, she wants to get a better sense of the impact of Chris Christie’s public school cuts.  She wants to hear “about the impact of these cuts and feel their stories are vital in order to help gain a full appreciation of the consequences these cuts have had on education.”

Buono’s hearing will also touch on the state’s school funding formula, of which she was a key author.  The formula was not fully funded in this budget cycle, and the State Supreme Court has issued an order raising serious questions about whether this was proper.

Buono said that “all members of the public are invited to attend and share their stories for the public record.”

Who: Senator Barbara Buono, Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan, Assemblyman Peter Barnes

What: Public hearing, “Coping with the Governor’s Education Cuts”

When: Thursday, January 20, 2011 from 6PM – 8:30PM

Where: Edison High School Auditorium
50 Boulevard of the Eagles
Edison, NJ 08817

Contact Info:

Office of Sen. Buono
(732) 205-1372

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