Two of Three Council Races Uncontested in Caldwells

Monday was deadline to file petitions to run for council.

Monday was the deadline for council candidates to file petitions in order to appear on the ballot in the June primary.

Two open seats will be up for grabs in West Caldwell in November's General Election. Republican Councilmen Stanley W. Hladik and Tom O’Hern filed their petitions and intend to seek second three-year terms on the township council. Democratic candidates Marc Driggs and Frank Mondsini III will challenge the incumbents for their spots on the council.

North Caldwell Republican Councilman Francis X. Astorino and Republican Councilwoman Patricia McGrogan Fost filed their petitions and will seek re-election. No Democratic candidates filed in North Caldwell.

In Caldwell, Republican Councilmen Peter Murray and Richard Hauser will seek second terms. No Democratic candidates filed by Monday’s deadline.

The primary is scheduled for Tuesday, June, 5. The general election will take place the first Tuesday in November.

WC Senior April 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM
I had the opportunity to meet Frank Mondsini and Marc Driggs last week and was floored by their passion for West Caldwell and the fresh ideas they spoke of. These guys are the real deal, not your typical "Politicians" but family men sincere with genuine concerns. They never bashed the current governing body once during our conversation and as a senior citizen who is retired on a fixed income and worry about paying my bills it's nice to know I have my new friends Frank and Marc watching out for me.
Lori LaTorraca April 18, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Although I was not born and raised in West Caldwell, I have been a resident for 20 years. Over the years, I have seen and experienced many things that make me proud to be part of this community. But like anything else, there is always room for improvement and always ways to have dedicated and caring individuals come together to make things even better. For the first time in all my years as a WC resident, things just seem different. It's hard to put into words, but I think collectively in small and big governement, we are all just hoping for something better, someone to step up and do things right without all the outside influences. New ideas, new energy, new dreams, new visions, a renewed spirt and enthusiam for a good life for ourselves, our families, friends and neighbors. I want to feel that way again. And what better place to start than right here at home. Good luck to all the candidates as they compete for the honor of the vote. There is no bigger compliment than for an individual to put their trust in you. Lori LaTorraca West Caldwell Resident Treasurer, Driggs and Mondsini for Council
0700six April 27, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Lori, I am a lifelong resident of West Caldwell going on some 30 plus years. I agree things have changed. My wife and I were introduced to Marc Driggs and Frank Mondsini at our grandsons ball game and had an hour long conversation with them. I can sincerely say they represent what true community is and should be, something we lost or are losing in town. We touched on so many issues and at the end of each issue the message and feeling we got was their desire to bring our community together and simply doing what's best for our town. On the drive home my wife and I commented to each other "it's about time" They have our vote!
rightwinger123 May 15, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I met Frank Mondsini & Marc Driggs at the West Essex Beefsteak their conservative, working class regular guys I had a blast talking to them. I hope everyone has the chance to get to know them. They are very approachable, easy to talk to and I hope to see them both have the honor of serving the people of West Caldwell they will be a great asset to us all.


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