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Essex County Democrats Propose Changes to 2014 Ballot

The Democratic side of this November's ballot will look a little different this year as the Essex County Democratic Committee has shuffled things up, saying goodbye to some longtime officials and welcoming new candidates.

A release sent out by the committee on Tuesday lists U.S. Sen. Cory Booker at the top of the ballot, followed by House of Representatives candidates, including District 10 incumbent representing half of Montclair U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr., and District 11 candidate Mark S. Dunec, who will vie to supplant U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, a Republican, to represent the other half of Montclair.

The committee's list of sanctioned candidates reaffirms incumbent Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr., reveals first-term District 5 Freeholder and Montclair resident Brendan Gill seeks an at-large freeholder seat, and lists Bloomfield's Cynthia Toro as the party's choice to replace Gill in District 5, representing Montclair, Belleville, Bloomfield, Glen Ridge and Nutley.

 

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PolitickerNJ Winners of the Week

The affably Machiavellian Gill has advanced rapidly since leaving his job as statewide director for U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), transitioning to campaign manager for the late Lautenberg’s arch-nemesis U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), and now moving from district to at-large status on the Essex County Freeholder Board, thanks to the help of Chairman Jones.

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Freeholder Brendan Gill Joins Opposition to Gas Compressor

"According to Jane Califf, the various communities that stand to be affected by the expansion have not been shown the results of the Williams/Transco pipeline test, to which Freeholder Gill commented, "Anything I can do to advocate for residents in my district, I will. Passing this resolution is one of them, and I’m proud to do it.”

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Essex Freeholders Concerned About Pipeline Expansion

"The Essex County Freeholder Board voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve a resolution sponsored by fifth district freeholder Brendan Gill to "demand answers and information" regarding a natural gas pipeline expansion project that could possibly affect up to a third of Essex County municipalities, according to a news release from Gill's office."

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Nutley St. Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal Dinner

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