Primaries are elections in which candidates of a particular political party run to be a finalist for the November general election. The Democratic and Republican candidates who win the primary on Tuesday will compete against each other on Nov. 4 for the seats in question.
Locally, the elections will include candidates for the nine-member Hudson County Board of Freeholders. There are nine freeholder districts within Hudson County's 12 municipalities. Each freeholder serves a three-year term. They vote on issues related to the county budget and policies. Each freeholder earns $39,174 per year and gets use of a county car.
The polls on Tuesday are open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. A voter who is voting by absentee ballot may also apply in person to the County Clerk until 3 p.m. of the day before the election.
For more information on voting in Hudson County and the state of New Jersey, visit www.njelections.org or call 1- 877-NJVOTER.
For some of the profiles of the candidates running for Hudson County freeholder, the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, see www.hudsonreporter.com and click on your town.Freeholder elections
Six of the nine freeholder districts touch upon or cover different parts of Jersey City. Three of those are located solely within Jersey City.
The 2nd District includes most of Jersey City's West Side south of Journal Square. The 3rd District covers southern Jersey City, and the 4th District spans Downtown and northern Jersey City.
The incumbents for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th districts are Bill O'Dea (unopposed), Jeffrey Dublin, and Eliu Rivera respectively. In the 3rd District, Dublin faces competition from Ronnie J. Meadows and Arnold Williams, and in the 4th District, Rivera will be competing against Sonia Araujo and Sean Connors.
There is also a competitive election in the 1st District, which covers all of Bayonne and a tiny section of Southern Jersey City. Incumbent Doreen DiDomenico is running against Mary Jane Desmond and David Longenhagen.
And in the 5th District, which covers all of Hoboken and a part of the Jersey City Heights, it is a wide open race since longtime incumbent Maurice Fitzgibbons is not running again. Instead, running for the seat will be Frank Raia, Anthony Romano, and Ines Garcia-Keim.
Other freeholder districts will have unopposed elections including District 6: Tilo Rivas - all of Union City; District 7: Jose Munoz - West New York, Weehawken, and Guttenberg; District 8: Thomas Liggio - all of North Bergen, some of Secaucus, and a small part of northern Jersey City; and District 9: Albert Cifelli - part of Secaucus; all of East Newark, Kearny, and Harrison. Voting on a federal level
The U.S. Senate race on the Democratic side will come down to two candidates - incumbent Sen. Frank Lautenberg and his opponent Rob Andrews. Also running on the Democrat slate is Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello.
In the Republican primary, former U.S. Congressman Dick Zimmer, state Sen. Joseph Pennacchio, and economics professor Murray Sabrin are vying for the nomination.
Whoever wins the general election in November will be elected to a six-year term.
For the House of Representatives, incumbent Albio Sires will be running for reelection to U.S. Congress in the 13th Congressional District, which covers parts of Hudson, Essex, Middlesex, and Union counties. Sires will be running unopposed on the Democratic slate while Jersey City attorney Joseph Turula is running on the Republican slate unopposed.
Also, incumbent U.S. Congressman Donald Payne in the 10th Congressional District, which spans Hudson, Essex, and Union counties, will be running with no Republican opponent in November's general election.
And in the 9th Congressional District, including part of North Bergen and Secaucus, incumbent Steve Rothman is running unopposed on the Democratic side, while Vincent Micco is the Republican candidate. Comments on this story can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.