MADISON – In a joint statement, Council member Rachel Ehrlich of Kings Road and volunteer Tom Haralampoudis of Pomeroy Road urge all Madison Democrats to vote in the June 7 primary election. Ehrlich and Haralampoudis are running for the two seats on the Madison Borough Council that are up for election in November with the campaign slogan: “Experience. Dedication. Moving Madison forward together.”
“We should remember that local level government is important to all of us, and the people we elect should best represent our values and priorities,” the candidates stated. “The services we receive from our municipal government – police and fire protection, electric, water, and health services, leaf, trash, and recyclable collections, snow removal, our library, playgrounds, parks and fields – touch our lives every day.
If residents want to have a say about the municipal taxes they pay and the services they receive, they need to cast their vote in the primary. We ask that they consider our values, our experience, and our records of service to the community, and then vote for Ehrlich and Haralampoudis on June 7.”
2022 is a non-presidential, Congressional election year. Running for re-election in New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District is two-term Congresswomen, Mikie Sherrill. Three County Commissioner seats are also up for election in 2022.
“At this time when we are suffering the drastic effects and rising costs of climate change and grieving from unrelenting gun violence, it is critical that voters sharing our values make their voices heard,” stated Ehrlich and Haralampoudis.
Ehrlich continued, “When our fundamental democratic processes are under attack and reproductive freedom is gravely threatened, voters must be engaged in every election, including the primary on June 7th.”
As in 2021, the 2022 primary will be a traditional primary election. Voters who have not requested a mail-in ballot for the primary must vote in-person either at their assigned polling location on Election Day or at the early voting location in the Court Room at the Hartley Dodge Memorial at 50 Kings Road in Madison from June 3rd through June 5th from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
By state law, only registered Democrats can vote in the Democratic primary. Unaffiliated registered voters can vote in the primary by requesting a Political Party Affiliation Declaration Form from the poll workers, which they will then need to complete before they vote.
Rachel Ehrlich is completing a busy first term on the Madison Borough Council. She has promoted the transition to renewable energy, created and chaired the Climate Action committee for greenhouse gas reduction and climate resiliency, and advocated for contextual, high-efficiency affordable housing to meet our housing obligations. Prior to serving on the council, she was a member of the Madison Planning Board and served on the board’s Master Plan Subcommittee. As a council member, she served on the Master Plan Steering Committee through the adoption of the new Master Plan in December 2020.
Ehrlich’s running mate, Tom Haralampoudis is a 30-year resident of Madison who believes that it’s not enough to just live in a town, but that “we all should be active contributors to the life of the community.” He has long been active in the Madison Rotary Club and is member of the Madison Public Library Board of Trustees, the Madison Board of Health, and is a board member for HQM, Inc. (formerly the Madison Housing Corporation). He is also president of the Madison Junior School Sports Program, a past chairman of the Madison Environmental Commission, served four years on the Madison Board of Education, and is a co-founder of the Sustainable Madison Advisory Committee.
The two candidates concluded: “We urge Madison Democratic voters make their voices heard in the Primary Election on June 7 and support Ehrlich and Haralampoudis for Madison Borough Council, T.C. McCourt, Alicia Sharma, and Judy Hernandez for County Commissioner, and Mikie Sherrill for Congress.”