Madison Democrats Encourage Madison Residents to Vote in 2023

Mayor Bob Conley of Brittin Street and Democratic candidates for Madison Borough Council, Councilmembers Bob Landrigan of Green Village Road and John Forte of Albright Circle and Planning Board Member Melissa Honohan of Pine Avenue, urge all Madison voters to remember to vote in the 2023 General Election on Tuesday November 7. 

Conley is seeking a fourth term as Mayor of Madison. Landrigan and Forte are running for full three-year terms on the Madison Borough Council and Honohan is running for a one-year term.

The candidates stated: “We encourage all voters to make their voices heard in this election by exercising their right and obligation to vote.  In addition to Madison’s municipal election, three seats on the Madison Board of Education are up for election this year.  Four candidates, David Duran, Lisa Ellis, Eric Fontes, and Deirdre Ostrowski are vying for three, three-year seats on the board.”

At the state level, the entire legislature – the Assembly and the State Senate—is up for election as is one seat on the Morris County Commission and the office of Morris County Clerk.

“The state-wide election is particularly important this year for Madison voters,” stated Mayor Conley.  “For the past decade Madison has been well represented in Trenton by State Senator and former Governor Richard Codey and Assembly Members John McKeon and Mila Jasey.

With the recent state-wide redistricting, Madison now finds itself in the 25th Legislative District, one that is currently represented by Republican incumbents whose values differ starkly from those of many Madison voters, on issues like climate change, woman’s health, and LGBTQ rights. Running against them are Democrats Christine Clarke for the Senate and Jonathan Torres and Madison resident Diane Salvatore for the Assembly. They deserve our votes.”

Councilmember Landrigan reminds voters that “2023 is considered an ‘off-year’ election so we can expect a light voter turnout This means that each vote has a greater impact on the election results.  Who wins will depend on whose supporters actually vote.”

Madison voters have three options for voting this fall: voting by mail (VBM) now through November 7, early voting at Borough Hall from Saturday October 28 through Sunday, November 5, as well as on the traditional Election Day (Tuesday, November 7) at the voter’s assigned district polling site. For more detailed information on voting, including Madison district polling sites, voters can go to:

“Voters who have signed up for VBM should already have their ballots,” stated Councilmember Forte.  “If they haven’t already done so, we encourage them to complete their ballots now and quickly return them.  We recommend using the secure drop-off box located in the commuter parking lot on Kings Road behind the Madison Public Safety Building.”  

“It might be easy to dismiss this election as it doesn’t matter, that it is ‘just local,’” stated Madison Democratic Committee Co-chairs, Alix Jennings and Christine Preston.  “But in fact, this election can have a significant impact on our daily lives: the services we receive from local, county, and state governments are substantial. Just think police and fire protection, refuse and recycling collections, our schools, roads and sewers, and water and electric utilities.

Mayor Bob Conley has cultivated respect and admiration for Madison from surrounding towns and across the state through his involvement with the League of Municipalities and the NJ Conference of Mayors. Solid fiscal management has been his calling card, and he is currently positioning Madison to become a state-wide leader in climate change action.

Bob Landrigan is in his third three-year term on the Madison Borough Council. He has been a member of the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps for over 26 years and served as Coordinator of the Madison Office of Emergency Management during Hurricane Irene, the October Snowstorm and Super Storm Sandy. He then negotiated almost $2 million in FEMA disaster reimbursements for Madison.

John Forte was appointed to the Madison Borough Council in June to finish Debra Coen’s unexpired term. A life-long resident of Madison, he has served on the Madison Downtown Development Commission and the Hartley Dodge Foundation Board of Trustees. He has been a member of the Madison Historic Preservation Commission for 19 years and the Madison Planning Board for 15 years. 

Melissa Honohan has served on the Madison Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Advisory Committee since 2011, with multiple stints as its chair.  She is a member of the Madison Planning Board, the Madison Community Garden, and previously served on the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.”

Voters can read more about the candidates on the MDC website: or on the MDC Facebook page:,

Caption:  Looking forward to Election Day 2023 are (from left to right): candidate for Madison Borough Council Melissa Honohan, candidate for Morris County Commission Jonathan Sackett, Councilmember John Forte, candidate for Morris County Clerk Caroline O’Brien, Mayor Bob Conley, candidate for State Senate Christine Clarke, candidates for State Assembly Dr. Jonathan Torres and Diane Salvatore and, Councilmember Bob Landrigan.