COLTS NECK – Republican Sue Fitzpatrick is running unopposed for a three-year term on the Colts Neck Township Committee in the Nov. 5 general election.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
No Democrats or independent candidates filed to run for the available seat on the township’s governing body.
Republicans will maintain a 5-0 majority on the committee in 2020 as they have done for many years in Colts Neck.
The controlling party generally has the ability to appoint individuals and/or companies they favor to the positions of municipal attorney, municipal planner and municipal engineer.
Under Colts Neck’s form of government, the mayor is not directly elected by voters. Each January, the five members of the committee select one member of the governing body to serve as mayor for the year.
The Colts Neck GOP has adhered to a policy under which no member of the Township Committee serves more than three terms. Republican Russell Macnow is completing his third term and is not seeking re-election.
Fitzpatrick will join Thomas Orgo, Frank Rizzuto, Michael Viola and J.P. Bartolomeo on the governing body in January.
Fitzpatrick has lived in Colts Neck for 33 years. She has been married to her husband, Jim, for 43 years and they have four children and three grandchildren. She is the owner of Fitzpatrick Printing Solutions, Colts Neck.
Fitzpatrick is a member of the Colts Neck Business Association (CNBA) and serves on the association’s board as an adviser.
Regarding her decision to seek public office, she said, “I have always been active in the community, from coaching to running the CNBA Independence Day fireworks event. I love our town and I am dedicated to preserving our history and the beauty of our rural landscape.
“When I learned there would be an opening for Township Committee, I decided to seek the nomination. I am passionate about serving this community. It is the duty of a public servant to listen to the residents and I hope to be the catalyst for meaningful civil discussions.
“By working together, we can solve problems and find solutions to the demands of a growing community while maintaining our rural culture. I am committed to putting the taxpayers first by providing efficient and cost-effective government,” Fitzpatrick said.