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Baldassare and Grochala 2020 Township Committee Candidates

Updated: Feb 23

The Bernards GOP continues it's tradition of leadership excellence by endorsing Baldassare and Grochala.

Bernards Township Committee 2020 Candidate, and Bernards Mayor Jim Baldassare, and Bernards Township Candidate Kate Grochala

I can make friends with anybody,” said Grochala, a township resident for 25 years and a former GOP committee member. She said she understands legislation and feels elective office is about “doing your homework and being a good, solid, decent human being.” -Kate Grochala, Bernardsville News

Both candidates are honored and excited by the opportunity to give back to and serve the community which their families have called home.

Click the photos below to read coverage in local news outlets.


BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Mayor James Baldassare, Jr., who is completing his first term on the Bernards Township Committee, and newcomer Kathleen Grochala this week received the endorsement of the Bernards Township Republican Municipal Committee (BTRMC) to run on the GOP line for two open three-year Township Committee terms in the November 2020 election.

Baldassare ran for office three years ago with Township Committeeman John Carpenter as his running mate. Carpenter already has announced that after finishing up his 15th year on the Township Committee by the end of 2020, he would not seek to be elected to a sixth term.

The BTRMC held its candidate screening on Monday, Feb. 17, at the Basking Ridge Fire Co.'s firehouse. “I congratulate Jim and Kate," said Richard Bianchi, chairman for the BTRMC, said in a release from the local GOP committee. “I also congratulate the BTRMC for their dedication toward ensuring a smooth, open, and fair process to select and elect Republicans to ultimately serve the great township of Bernards." (click here for full story)

Bernardsville News

Baldassare, Grochala get GOP nod in Bernards Township

BERNARDS TWP. – Mayor James Baldassare Jr. was joined by former Republican Party official Kate Grochala in winning the local GOP organization endorsement on Monday, Feb. 17, for a pair of Township Committee seats up for election this year.

Baldassare and Grochala finished ahead of Tyler Seville and former township Mayor Albert LiCata, although vote totals among the 48-member GOP Municipal Committee were not disclosed.

Baldassare was endorsed for a second three-year committee term, while Grochala captured the nod for a three-year term to succeed Committeeman John Carpenter, a fellow Republican who is not seeking re-election after five terms.

They will receive the coveted “party line” on the June Republican primary election ballot.

The deadline to file to run in the Republican or Democratic primary election is 4 p.m. Monday, March 30.

All the candidates except LiCata, who was reportedly unable to attend, gave statements and fielded questions at the annual GOP candidates’screening,held at the Basking Ridge Firehouse on Washington Avenue. (click here for full story)



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