Selection of Candidates

Federal, State and County Candidates

Section 1: The Executive Committee shall serve as the Screening Committee for purposes of governing the selection process and making recommendations to the County Committee for candidates for Federal, State and County offices and shall meet at the call of the Chair after March 15th.

Section 2: Candidates presenting themselves for consideration for endorsement by the County Committee shall notify the Chairman in writing (email is acceptable) of their interest prior to March 15th. Mail to: Hunterdon County Republican Committee c/o Patrick Torpey, 1 State Hwy 12 Suite 105 Flemington, NJ 08822 or email to Pat@1868publicaffairs.com

Section 3:  The Screening Committee shall issue its report and recommendations for endorsement of a slate of candidates on the Primary Election Ballot at the regular meeting held in accordance with the HCRC Bylaws for the purpose of endorsements for the Primary Election. Only candidates who have properly notified the Committee of their intent to seek Office will be eligible for consideration for endorsement at this meeting.

Section 4:  A majority of all votes cast shall be necessary for endorsement. In the event that any ballot cast does not show a majority for any nominee for any office, or any candidate for endorsement, the top three (3) candidates, provided they receive a minimum of  twenty- five percent (25%) of the votes cast, shall be advanced to the next ballot. If only 3 names are under consideration the name with the lowest vote total will be dropped.  Where there is only one (1) nominee or candidate for an office, balloting may be by voice vote.  Where more than one (1) candidate is to be endorsed for any office, balloting shall continue until all endorsements have been awarded by majority vote.

Section 5:  Only candidates for Federal, State and County offices who are endorsed by this Organization shall appear on the “Hunterdon County Regular Republican Organization”, “Hunterdon County Regular Organization Republican” or other approved slogan designated line.

Municipal Candidates

The foundation for the search for quality local candidates lies with each Municipal Committee. The recommendation for the endorsement of the County Party in the Primary Election must be made by the majority of the Municipal Committee at an actual meeting. The following sections clarify the recommended procedures:

Section 1: The Municipal Chair shall call a meeting for purposes of candidate interviews and selection prior to March15th. The Municipal Chair shall provide 7 days written notice for this meeting to the Municipal Committee and individuals who have expressed an interest to be a candidate. United States Postal Service postmark and/or electronic mail notification will satisfy this requirement.

Section 2: The Municipal Chair should compile biographical information and resumes from all interested parties and circulate to municipal committee members for review and best efforts should be made to accommodate prospective candidates’ ability to attend.

Section 3: A quorum for this meeting of 50% plus one of the Municipal Committee is required.
Candidates receiving the recommendation of the Municipal Committee shall receive a majority vote of those in attendance. In the event that any ballot cast does not show a majority for any nominee for any office, or any candidate for endorsement, the top three (3) candidates, provided they receive a minimum of  twenty- five percent (25%) of the votes cast, shall be advanced to the next ballot. If only 3 names are under consideration the name with the lowest vote total will be dropped.  Where there is only one (1) nominee or candidate for an office, balloting may be by voice vote.  Where more than one (1) candidate is to be endorsed for any office, balloting shall continue until all endorsements have been awarded by majority vote.

Section 4: The Municipal Chair shall forward to the County Chair, for review by the Executive committee, the list of Committee Members in attendance, the names of candidates under consideration and vote tallies from the selection process with the names of the recommended candidates.

Section 5: The Executive Committee shall review the recommendations made by Municipal Committee prior to the HCRC regular meeting to endorse candidates for the Primary Election for final determination.

Section 6:  The Executive Committee reserves the right to make the final determination of endorsement for candidates.

Section 7:  By-laws adopted by any municipal committee to govern their selection process will have precedence over the recommendations outlined here.