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Springfield Republican Committee Seeking Prospective Candidates

For Immediate Release                                                                                                January 25, 2014

Springfield Republican Committee Seeking Prospective Candidates

Do you have ideas for improving Springfield? Do you want to get involved in local government? Are you interested in running for office? The revitalized Springfield Republican party is proud of our history of involvement in the community. Springfield Republican officials have advanced virtually all of the recent progress in our wonderful town, including the athletic turf field facility, the new senior citizen center, the Business Improvement District, the creation of a hometown television station, the increase in communication, transparency and open government, and total savings of several millions of dollars in the municipal budget.

Help us continue this legacy. The Springfield Republican Committee is looking for concerned and motivated residents who are interested in running for office and being a part of the team responsible for positive change in Springfield.

One seat of the five-member Township Committee in Springfield is up for election in November. The deadline for nominations is rapidly approaching. If you are interested in running for office and want to learn about what is involved or if you want to support our team, please contact the Springfield Republican Committee by sending an e-mail to email@springfieldnjgop.com


2013 Candidates for Springfield Township Committee Announced

At popular local hangout, Yo Addiction!, the Springfield Republican Committee Chairman Harold Poltrock and Township Committeeman Ziad Andrew Shehady announced the Township Committee candidates for the 2013 election. Former Deputy Mayor Jerry Fernandez and Board of Adjustment member Diane Stampoulos accepted the nomination of the party and will be running for election on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

Jerry and Diane are both successful entrepreneurs and have valuable business experience. They have extensive ties to the community and a history of local involvement.  At the event, Committeeman Shehady told supporters that they would be handing in the nominating petitions in advance of the April 1st deadline.  He added they were going to prepare for this election unlike any previous year and that they were going to start the campaign early and aggressively.  A kick-off fundraiser is being planned and details are forthcoming.

Jerry Fernandez & Diane Stampoulos   Fernandez & Stampoulos

Request Filed for Recount of Springfield Township Committee Election


For Immediate Release                                                                                                December 8, 2012

Request Filed for Recount of Springfield Township Committee Election

On Friday, December 7, 2012, the required paperwork was filed with the Superior Court of New Jersey in Union County requesting a recount of the ballots cast for the four candidates for the office of Member of Township Committee.

The Union County Board of Elections certified the results on November 26, 2012, twenty days after the election, declaring David Barnett and Margaret Bandrowski the winners by a very narrow margin.  However, since Election Day on November 6, the unofficial election results have changed and voters have come forward with concerns about voting irregularities.  Additionally, many untraditional ballots were cast by mail, fax, electronically and provisionally that have caused variations in the final count.

Springfield Republican Committee Chairman Harold Poltrock commented, “We owe it to the voters to ensure the accuracy of the results.”  More than 7,000 residents voted this year.  While there was a difference of nearly 700 votes in Springfield at the top of the ticket for the presidential race, just five votes affect the outcome of the local results.

Candidates for Township Committee Jerry Fernandez and Marc Krauss issued a joint statement, “When such a small number of votes will decide who takes office for the next three years, this recount is important to verify the results so residents have confidence in the outcome of this most unusual election.  We did not take this decision lightly but we hope this process is quickly concluded to give everyone closure and allow the Township Committee to have a smooth transition into 2013.  We are most grateful to those who stood by us throughout the years and continue to support us.”

Fernandez and Krauss are being represented by attorney James M. Foerst of Spector Foerst & Associates.