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Town Attorney Clarifies Council Election Process

John Inglesino addresses questions regarding upcoming council special election to fill unexpired term seat.

Following the and the Wednesday announcement of , some citizens had questions regarding the regulations governing the upcoming special council election.

Town Attorney John Inglesino provided answers late Friday.

Because Vigilante's appointment took place before Sept. 1, the new councilman's term lasts only until Nov. 6, according to Inglesino.

"While the Town Council can and did fill the vacancy temporarily by appointment, the vacancy must be filled for Councilman Cesaro’s unexpired term at the next general election," he said to clarify the statutory requirement. 

Per the law, the attorney explained, "Each political party may select a candidate for the office by those members of that party’s town committee."

For the Democrats, that candidate is Nelson, according to Parsippany Democratic Party Chairperson Michael Soriano.

While Vigilante would appear to be the likely GOP candidate, no official announcement has been made as to whom the party will have serve as the candidate in the November election—and by law it is the Parsippany GOP committee that must make the choice, not the council.

It is possible that the party could opt to stick with Vigilante, however, it could choose another candidate. Retiring police officer Louis Valori,  that went to Air Force reservist Vigilante.

The local Republican party has a little time before it has to make a final decision as to which candidate will run in November, according to Inglesino.

"A statement of such selection must be filed with the Morris County Clerk not later than the close of business of the 55th day preceding the date of the general election," he said.

That makes Sept. 12 the official last day to file as a candidate for the Nov. 6 special election.

Bob Crawford July 02, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Natalie Did Mr. Inglesino make any reference as to whether or not an Independent candiate can run for election in November and if so would he/she have to file a petition to run by September 12? Thanks
Natalie Davis (Editor) July 02, 2012 at 11:10 PM
He did not mention Independents; I would imagine that one needn't be a Dem or GOP to run for office. I have put the question to him, however, to get a certain answer.
Carol M. July 03, 2012 at 10:44 PM
I'm hoping our elected hopefuls have developed the clarity of mind to learn from the primary election Cha Cha of last year and the recent Square Dance of the council nominees so Parsippany doesn't have to bare watching yet another poorly executed Hustle by those who feel they are knowledgeable and naturally gifted enough not to seek out the guidance of a certified dance instructor. Nothing brings down the mood or clears a party room faster then a dance floor debacle. With all the spastic motions and the naivety of what the onlookers are actually thinking, I can't help but visualize Elaine on the dance floor as the main character in all this.
Mike P July 04, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Yes indeed Carol M. And if you look closely at Shrek's karaoke dance party, you can see Elaine dancing around the title character: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTanFzwZJNM

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