Pequannock Elections Turn Rout for Newcomers
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Wednesday June 6th, residents in Pequannock awoke to business as usual as Councilman Jay Vanderhoff was elected for a third term, bringing with him his running-mate Dave Kohle, a local volunteer. Vanderhoff and Kohle soundly beat-out challengers for the Republican Primary.
Among those who also ran, in a not-so-distant 3rd, 27 year old Rob Cascone, local Republican Club leader and EMS volunteer, running on a platform of conservative Republican values. Despite the endorsements of a cadre of state officials, from Freeholder Chegwidden, Sheriff Ed Rochford, Freeholder Lyon, and more, Cascone was unable to defeat Dave Kohle for a Council Seat or Richard Phelan in his secondary race for County Committee Seat.
Ryan Herd (local volunteer) and Ken Hardaker (school board member), running on a platform of flood mitigation, saw some support from the Village and other flooded-prone areas in Pequannock. The duo also worked hard to outline the shortcomings of other candidates, but were ultimately unsuccessful in their bid for Council.
As usual, Pequannock's sole Democratic candidate Tom Andrea won his primary unopposed and continued his lucky streak by winning the 50/50 raffle at the June 10th Street Fair.
Republican Candidate Christopher Lotito (the author), did not receive a win in this election, but looks forward to continuing his volunteer work with the Historic District Commission, Open Space Commission, and Flood Committee, as well as beginning training for Pastoral Care visitations this Summer. -- I intend to continue to write, at length, for PequannockNews.com and to continue to work for the good of the people, just from the speaker's podium rather than the Council's dais. Thanks for your support! ~Christopher
Christopher Lotito is a member of the Pequannock Historic District, Open Space, and Flood Control Advisory Commissions as well as the author of "Torrent," a book about flooding in the region. Lotito's personal mission is to reduce new taxes, drastically reduce flooding, and preserve more green spaces for our children. Christopher Lotito Profile