Mayor Expected to Drop Incumbent from Ticket

Councilwoman Lonni Miller Ryan said she would run for re-election as a Republican whether she is included on the mayor's ticket or not.

Councilwoman Lonni Miller Ryan is expected to be dropped from Mayor Chris Vergano’s slate of candidates for the general election in November, NorthJersey.com reported this week.

The website reported that Vergano’s ticket is expected to include Deborah Ciambrone and incumbents James Jimenez and Joseph Schweighardt. Ciambrone lost her seat on the county Freeholder Board in November.

Miller Ryan, a legislative aide to Assemblyman Scott Rumana, announced her intention to run for re-election earlier this month.

“I am eager for an opportunity to continue to serve the residents of Wayne,” Ryan said earlier this week.

Miller Ryan wrote a letter to Wayne Republicans earlier this month asking for their support this election season.

“I am asking for your support for re-election because I believe more to be done here in Wayne,” the letter states.

Miller Ryan is seeking her second term on the council. She was first elected in 2010.

The town’s GOP leaders are expected to meet Jan. 29 to decide what candidates will get put on the top slate for the June primary.

Miller Ryan said she plans on running for re-election whether she gets on the party’s line or not.

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stewart resmer January 24, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Oh my goodness, when one stops and takes the time to read Mrs Ryans pdf, it is easy to discern why the old guard is chucking her, when in the age of the Scularian mantra of 'I am a republican morning noon and night'! Imagine, her temerity to be her brothers keeper, to espouse municipal accountability, and responsibility during times of mutual peril like Irene and Sandy? Proving one more time yet again, no good deed goes unpunished in a highly partisan stratified environment where the majority, having no opposite political opposition, is left in its unsatisfied frenzy to eat its own. There is a good argument here for abolishing the ward system and making local elections generaly more open and accounatble rather than insular and entrenched.
Justice January 24, 2013 at 01:25 PM
The ward system has the undertones of a jail system, very appropriate in this situation.
Jacqueline Pisatowski January 24, 2013 at 06:07 PM
I read that Joe Bubba, Jr. has joined the race for Council. He will have my vote. We need more conservative members on our Council!
Frank Gallagher January 24, 2013 at 07:04 PM
What is the argument here for abolishing the ward system? The contested council positions (here) are for at-large office. Ryan would likely win a Ward 3 race for council, but not sure she can win a town-wide primary for a spot on Vergano's ticket. If she loses in the primary, she should just run as a Democrat with Bill Brennan, call it the "strange bedfellows" ticket. I recall that she led the opposition to Lowes. So the old guard is chucking her because of bad policy on her part, or maybe it's just her association with a certain fallen star, she's not the only one getting kicked to the curb here.
stewart resmer January 24, 2013 at 08:15 PM
I just dont see what her 'bad policy' may have been when it somes to whats in the pdf? The ward system is far too constricted in my view, and subject to manipulation with the potential for pressure being able to be put upon neighbors, its a throwback to a by gone era that spawned the worst in political infuence peddling, its outdated and obsolete in an age where more and more people object to the encroachment of gvt upon the People. Its time for a change. What do you think? But who else is being kicked to the curb? I dont see that, I see the consolidation of power in election cycle after election cycle with serial appointments for half served terms that give advantage to the majority time and again where appointees are beholden to their benefactors and thats not good. Think absolute power corrupts absolutely here?
Robert Pignatello January 24, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Some good points here. Extreme partisanship clouds better judgement and can become the overriding reason decisions are made and that is just not healthy. Some new unaffiliated voices should be welcomed and are needed. As far as wards go I disagree. A mix of at large and ward representation helps to insure that all parts of the community are represented. That's very important. Otherwise it is possible for all your officials to literally come from the same neighborhood. Think about how congressional districts are set up and break a state down versus a us senator who represents the entire state. So to me it creates fairer representation. This is all in theory of course. A lot depends on who you elect and what form of government you have. That's what elections are for.
Flood Plain January 25, 2013 at 12:56 AM
You have to love politics for outright self-aggrandizement.
Frank Gallagher January 25, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Her bad policy was leading the fight against Lowes. That is, of course, not in her letter...not exactly a badge of honor, and neither is her close association with our Assemblyman. The ward system approximates one-man one-vote as best we can, similar to the house of representatives. I wouldn't support a state-wide election of our congressmen either. Ryan's boss is really the one being kicked to the curb here, the local machine is unhitching itself from his star...and who can blame them? Would love to see a Bubba, Brennan, Miller-Ryan "strange bedfellows" ticket, I'd make them a favorite together as a ticket...but not seperately.
Frank Gallagher January 25, 2013 at 01:40 AM
You are correct...if all council seats were at-large, then all council people would come from Packanack Lake.
stewart resmer January 25, 2013 at 09:43 AM
At last count, only eleven towns in New York use the ward system. To date, they seem content with the prevailing mode of representation, the at-large system.http://www.dos.ny.gov/cnsl/lg01.htm League of Women Voters Opposes Ward referendum: • the instability from turnover of elected officials every two years, • the increased cost of adding paid town board members in a time of serious cutbacks [they are paid $10,250 each], • the divisiveness of electing candidates from separate geographic areas as opposed to town-wide representatives, and • lack of information on how the board of elections, striving to make districts of equal populations, would draw up the wards On this last point, a board member explained that New Castle’s population is concentrated in the middle of the municipality and is “fairly light at the outer edges.” This means, League members had concluded in their consensus session, that those residents who might feel most under-represented would invariably end up bundled with more dense areas, defeating the stated purpose of the ward representation, to increase representation of the under-represented. They would remain a minority in a ward system. http://www.newcastlenow.org/index.php/article/index/new_league_of_women_voters_opposes_ward_referendum_but_will_hold_forum_on_o
stewart resmer January 25, 2013 at 10:35 AM
Wards are survivors of the mediaeval governmental system. Research also has shown there is less conflict between council members in an at-large system. Wards also have other disadvantages in terms of possibility of pork projects and provider of patronage Roughly 64 percent of city governments daily operations are overseen by a city manager use an at-large system of council representation to eradicate machine politics. Opponents of ward elections say they are divisive and that public officials should represent and be accountable to the entire city and not just one part. More communities are getting rid of ward elections. According to Tweed biographer Kenneth D. Ackerman: It's hard not to admire the skill behind Tweed's system ... The Tweed ring at its height was an engineering marvel, strong and solid, strategically deployed to control key power points: the courts, the legislature, the treasury and the ballot box. Its frauds had a grandeur of scale and an elegance of structure: money-laundering, profit sharing and organization.[27] wikipedia
Jack Q January 25, 2013 at 01:29 PM
You read? You're his communications director. Can't believe you didn't know before it was posted on Patch.
Frank Gallagher January 25, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Please be careful of what you wish for. The residents of some sections of town seem forgotten now, imagine how disenfrachised they would feel without one of their neighbors on the council. I really think that you are barking up the wrong tree here.
Robert Pignatello January 25, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Ward vs at large representation is not what is ailing us. We have both and that is fine. It's more about the decisions that are made, who gets to make them, and how they are made.
stewart resmer January 25, 2013 at 07:01 PM
yer breakin my heart frank
Frank Gallagher January 25, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Sorry about that, but it's the truth. Voter turnout in Ward 1 is usually pretty low compared to the others, not sure they would get considerate representation with an all at-large council.
Bill January 26, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Frank, perhaps you are the one going for the wrong tree?


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