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GOP Nominates Judy Tiedemann as Council Candidate

Unanimous vote ends ex-cop's pursuit of seat.

By a vote of 38-24, the Parsippany Republican Municipal Committee on Monday night selected Judy Tiedemann as its nominee for the t up for grabs on Nov. 6. 

After Chairwoman Nicole C. Green called the meeting to order, she said the committee had a statutory obligation to fill the seat left vacant by newly elected Freeholder John Cesaro and currently .

Three prospective candidates sent in letters of intent to run: Vigilante, retired Parsipany Police officer and former Board of Education member Dr. Louis Valori and Tiedemann, a member of the town's Municipal Alliance Committee and a former president of the school board.

Green asked if there were additional nominations from the floor and none came.

Green said each of the three candidates would be allotted three minutes to make a statement and that there would be no questions permitted.

Prior to the statements, Vigilante stood and announced that he was pulling his name from consideration for the nomination.

"I appreciate all you've done for me," he said. "I'm doing it for the Republican Party, to keep it together."

He added that he was making the move out of loyalty.

"Loyalty is what kept me alive for six months," he said, referring to his 2011 Air Force Reserves stint in Afghanistan. "I ask anyone who wanted to support me to support Lou."

 when Cesaro stepped down to join the freeholder board and the temporary council seat filler was chosen. Valori didn't get the opportunity to be chosen by the Township Council because he was .

"He had his lawyer look at it, I had my lawyer look at it, and he is an eligible candidate," Vigilante said.

Candidate statements came next. By luck of the draw, Tiedemann won the opportunity to choose when she would speak, and she opted to allow Valori to go first.

Referring to a Patch story in which he was quoted saying, "," Valori noted that he was referring to , not to the committee's vote being a sure thing for him.

"I am always a loyal Republican and would never compromise the committee," he said. "If I'm blessed to be selected as the candiate, I have the resources to start campaigning tomorrow against the Democrats. ...

"I promise I will never make the Republican Party look bad."

Tiedemann used part of her three minutes to explain that she did not run for council two years ago because she was still grieving the loss of her daughter, who died in 2003, and caring for her ailing husband.

"For me, family comes first," she asserted.

But Tiedemann said she now was ready to serve.

"I come to you with no hidden agenda, only a strong desire to consensus build and represent you and the members of our wonderful, yet splintering party," she said. 

She said her priority was to facilitate open discussion and encouraged people to use their voices at council meetings.

"Public disagreement is part of the process," Tiedemann said. "Agendas, egos and infighting must be checked at the door."

After the statements, the 62 voting members present wrote one name on small neon yellow-green slips of paper that were then collected and counted.

The result came rapidly: Tiedemann earned 38 votes; Valori 24.

Valori accepted the defeat.

"I will support Mrs. Tiedemann 110 percent against the Democrats," he said.

Former Mayor Frank Priore stood and moved that the committee give its nominee a unanimous vote "in the name of party unity."

In a voice vote, the members complied and gave Tiedemann a round of applause.

Vigilante was asked if he planned to serve out the rest of his term.

"Absolutely," he said, pledging his support for the committee's nominee. "I will remain on the council until the day after the election."

For her part, Tiedemann said she was ready to go.

After the vote, the newly minted candidate said she had been encouraged to run by numerous people in her party. 

"I have the time and the desire to do my part to make this town a better place," Tiedemann said. 

Asked whether she expected women to turn out to support her, she said, "I hope so, but I'm running as a candidate."

Tiedemann said her hope is that the party will be able to maintain its singular hold on the mayor's seat and the Town Council.

"Republicans and Independents have a big part to play," she said. "Independents have a lot of power and deserve to be heard."

And Democrats?

"They do too," she quickly added, noting that Annelise Catanzaro, who chairs the and is one of the few Democrats chosen to participate in local government, is a good friend.

Tiedemann said she will run promising to be a responsive council member committed to "conservative fiscal responsibility."

The Republican nominee will face .

"I congratulate Mrs. Tiedemann, but as I've consistently said, this council race is not about Nelson or Tiedemann," he said. "It's about having a township council that represents all of Parsippany.  

"This year alone, the Township Council approved a and an ," Nelson continued. "Parsippany residents demand our Township Council challenge the mayor's budget instead of rubberstamping each and every line item.  I believe that I am the person best suited for that job."

Voters will make that decision during the special council election on Nov. 6.

VietNam Vet August 28, 2012 at 04:45 AM
I guess only time will tell just what she is going to do, or will she do just what the mayor and the rest of the council says.
Frank Drebin August 28, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Instead of a name tag does she get a rubber stamp?
clyde donovan August 28, 2012 at 01:42 PM
She's a former president of the school board in Parsippany? I'd rather vote for a monkey.
patchitup1 August 28, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Jim Vig should step down now and let her take his seat. He was never the real choice. As for the "Lock" he enjoy retirerment and walk away from politics as well.
Marianne Lowe August 28, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Wow, and the person was only nominated last night, God bless America - here come all the nay-sayers..lets trash first before we say anything positive.....Maybe Tabor will have to. vote for a monkey since a human obviously doesn't seem to meet his/her standards.Jim Vig has stepped up, not down, and is serving - both his country and the council -obviously, again, not to someone elses standard - and at least Lock put forth an effort to serve our community after retirement....what have the nay-sayers done lately? Try helping before hurting our candidates and we'll all enjoy a better Parsippany.
Bob Crawford August 29, 2012 at 12:33 AM
patchitup1 Less than 24 hours after the Parsippany Republican Party attempted to mend its divisions by coming together to unanimously select Judy Tiedemann you have decided to launch an intra-party attack by taking parting shots at Mr Vigilante and Mr. Valori. Less than 24 hours after Mr. Valori and Mr. Vigilanti were gracious enough to set aside their personal political aspirations to bring the Parsippany Republican Party together by endorsing Mrs. Tiedemann you have decided to stoke the fires of party dissent by refusing to leave well enough alone. Less than 24 hours after Mrs. Tiedemann eloquently and convincingly spoke to the need for the Parsippany Republican Party to engage Republicans and Independents and to invite them to come together under the "big tent" you have once again declared that anyone who disagrees with you and your Barberio/Lonegan Repubilican allies are unwelcome. Less than 24 hours after last night's Committee vote you, through your undisciplined and increasingly paranoid behavior, have returned the Parsippany Republican Party to its divided and dysfunctional personna. Come-on patchitup1, how about putting Parsippany and the Party first and you second. Congratulations to Mrs. Tiedemann, Mr. Vigilante and Mr. Valori and shame on you patchitup1.
parpardon August 29, 2012 at 02:34 AM
patchitup1, don't listen to Crawford. Bob is not interested in mending the Republican Party. Hey Bob, didn't you try and change your party after you lost the republican primary to democrat? Not only did Bob change his party, he also endorsed democrats Wyka, Catanzaro and McCarthy over the republicans in the 2011 general election. Bob, you should leave well enough alone. Talk about attacking. You constantly attack anyone that doesn't agree with Bob. Always attacking the Mayor, school board members etc...I can only laugh when you say put Parsippany and the republican party first. This is something you have never done. Endorsing democrats and changing your party is not putting the party first.
patchitup1 August 29, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Bob where on earth do you get that from what I Said? I think for the party Jim would gain nothing by staying in. As for Louie I wished him luck in retirerment! It's always attack on anyone or anything you can dig your sick mind into....

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