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Republicans Select Miller Ryan to Run on Ticket

At-large councilwoman will appear on the Wayne Regular Republican Organization's ticket in the June primary. It was rumored she might have been dropped from the ticket.

Councilwoman at-large Lonni Miller Ryan will be on the Wayne regular Republican Organization’s (WRRO) ticket for the primary election in June.

Miller Ryan received 43 votes from the WRRO’s committee at a meeting Tuesday night at the Grand Chalet, the third most votes cast.  There was speculation that Deborah Ciambrone would replace Miller Ryan on the ticket.

“Lonni Miller Ryan has done a fantastic job for the town,” said Michael Marotta, municipal chairman of the WRRO. “How could you want to remove her?”

Miller Ryan’s local political future seemed to be in doubt recently when rumors swirled that she might not receive enough votes to run for re-election on the WRRO’s ticket.

“I’m thankful for the support of the county committee,” Miller Ryan said. “I’m passionate about serving the people of this town and I’m grateful that the committee has chosen me to represent them on their line for re-election.”  

Seventy of the committee’s 82 members attended the meeting.

All three at-large incumbent council members were elected to the ticket. James Jimenez received 47 votes and Joseph Schweighardt received 39.

Vergano, who is seeking his second term, received 49 votes. He did not respond to an email message seeking comment.

Ciambrone lost her seat on the county freeholder board in November. She received 36 votes.

Joseph Bubba Jr., founder of the Wayne Republican Organization for the People, received 10 votes.

Miller Ryan was appointed to fill an at-large council seat in June 2010. She defeated Democrat Bill Brennan for a three-year term that November. She is a legislative aide to Assemblyman Scott Rumana.

“She does more as a councilperson that a lot of folks who I’ve seen serve in various offices throughout the state,” Rumana said.

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Scondo January 30, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Well that is nice, she is a nice person and a true party loyalist and she has had some nice projects. But the real question that some would like to hear the answer to is: Will the Democrats ever be able to field a credible set of candidates to run in opposition ? Not since Dave and Joan Waks has there been any democratic strength.
leanbean January 30, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Scondo I agree with you on your posting.
Wayne's World January 30, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Scondo - I still can't understand what national party affiliation has to do with local politics? Can someone please explain that to me? I'm being serious. I wonder how ideological political differences on political philosophy, etc. actually plays itself out at the local level. Other than the tax + spend vs. smaller government rhetoric, which certainly hasn't been the case at either the local or national level in the past decade or so, what are the platform differences between our local democrat vs. republican politicians? I have never seen anyone articulate this and people seem to run mostly on their record of dedication to the town, as it probably should be. Personally, it seems the largest issue is that the town is quite freewheeling in its spending and that our budget encompasses luxuries/services that other towns don't have. It's great to have them but not so great to pay for them. School construction spending could have been done more wisely such as building Schuler-Colfax into a larger complex, perhaps even consolidating the entire town there. I guess I am just asking, how much and in what way does political ideology factor into local politics?
Wayne Resident January 30, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Very nice
Chicken Little January 31, 2013 at 01:39 AM
It really doesn't. Not at the local level, where there is very little difference between a Republican and Democrat. Aside from the political posturing which goes on during an election.
Cathy Kazan February 01, 2013 at 01:46 AM
@Wayne's World. It matters in my opinion and here's why. Let's take for example Congressman Pascrell. He started as Mayor of Paterson. He is now a Congressman, and it didn't take him long to go from Paterson to Washington. Scott Rumana is now in the Assembly and who knows what's next for him. Once these local politicians gather constituents they develop the ability to go further. That is when their idealogies become important. I used to think local didn't matter either. Now I do.
leanbean February 02, 2013 at 12:17 AM
Cathy, I hope they pick you for the replacement to the School Bd.
Cathy Kazan February 02, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Thank you for your support leanbean. I have applied for the vacancy.

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