The June 5th Congressional District 11 Democratic Party and Republican Party Primaries are rapidly approaching.
This congressional seat will be vacant since Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R), who has represented the district since 1994, announced on January 29, 2018, that he would not seek re-election.
Five Democrats are vying for the seat, including Mitchell Colbert, Tamara Harris, Alison Heslin, Mikie Sherill, and Mark Washburne; and five Republicans are vying for the seat, including Patrick S. Allocco, Peter DeNeufville, Antony Ghee, Martin Hewitt, and Jay Webber.
Therefore, to be an informed and educated voter, it’s important to familiarize yourself with each candidate’s qualifications and positions on important issues.
This can be accomplished by viewing either the CD 11 Democratic Primary Debate, which was hosted by the College Democrats of New Jersey or the Republican Primary Debate, which was hosted by the Morris County Young Republicans.
For additional information voters should review each candidates’ web site.
Here are the links for the Democratic Party candidates: Mitchell Colbert, Tamara Harris, Alison Heslin, Mikie Sherill, and Mark Washburne; and here are the links for the Republican Party candidates: Patrick S. Allocco, Peter DeNeufville, Antony Ghee, Martin Hewitt, and Jay Webber.
Finally, in order to vote in the June 5th Primary you must be a registered voter, which you can verify here and since New Jersey’s primaries are “closed,” you must have declared an affiliation as either a Democrat or Republican.
If you meet both of these criteria all you need to do on Tuesday, June 5th is to show up at your voting place and vote.
However, if you aren’t affiliated with a political party, you can still show up at your polling place on Primary Day and ask for a ballot for the party whose primary you want to vote in. You will automatically be affiliated with that party until you change your affiliation, anytime after the primary.
So mark your calendar and be sure to cast your vote on Primary Day, Tuesday, June 5th.