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The Races:

District 20
State Senate
- Linda Gagliano (R)
- Ray Lesniak (D)
General Assembly
- Neil Cohen (D)
- Joseph Cryan (D)
District 21
State Senate
- Tom Kean Jr. (R)
- Gina Genovese (D)
General Assembly
- Jon Bramnick (R)
- Eric Munoz (R)
- Norman Albert (D)
- Bruce Bergen (D)
- Ryan Reyes (G)
- George DeCarlo (G)
District 22
State Senate
- Rose McConnell (R)
- Nicholas Scutari (D)
General Assembly
- Bryan DesRochers (R)
- Robert Gatto (R)
- Jerry Green (D)
- Linda Stender (D)
County Freeholders
- Patricia Quattrocchi (R)
- John Russitano Jr. (R)
- Robert Reilly (R)
- Daniel Sullivan (D)
- Bette Jane Kowalski (D)
- Rayland Van Blake (D)
- Adrian Mapp
- Becky McHugh
- George O'Grady
County Sheriff
- Peter Lijoii (R)
- Ralph Froehlich (D)
- Charles Mitchell Sr.
Westfield Council
First Ward
- Frank Arena (R)
- Ross Katz (D)
Second Ward
- Jo Ann Neylan (R)
- Bruce Regenstreich (D)
Third Ward
- Mark Ciarrocca (R)
- Matt Sontz (D)
Fourth Ward
- James Foerst (R)
- Lenore Scurry (D)
Fanwood Mayor
- Colleen Mahr (D)
Fanwood Council
- Anthony Parenti (R)
- Joel Stroz (R)
- Katherine Mitchell (D)
- William Populus (D)
Garwood Council
- Anthony Sytko (R)
- Dennis Clark (R)
- Charles Lombardo (D)
- Stephen Napolitano (D)
Mountainside Mayor
- Robert Viglianti (R)
Mountainside Council
- Glenn Mortimer (R)
- Jeffrey Wass (R)
goleader.com Election Coverage 2007 
Union County Freeholder
Bette Jane Kowalski
Party Affiliation: Democrat

Contact Info
Telephone: (908) 527-4100
Website: www.ucnj.org
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Candidate Information

Professional Background: The candidate served ten years as editor of the World Press Review, a monthly magazine on foreign affairs once based in New York. In addition to supervising the staff, she coordinated the contributions of more than 40 foreign correspondents. As an editor and writer, Ms. Kowalski has worked for numerous publications, including New York Newsday, the Village Voice, Publishers Weekly, and the Stamford Advocate. She has written on a broad range of community issues in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Education: Ms. Kowalski has a Masterís Degree in Journalism from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hunter College, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Family Life: Ms. Kowalski is married to Andrew Lanset and they reside in Cranford.

Government Experience: Ms. Kowalski currently serves as the Chairwoman of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. She was appointed to serve an unexpired term in September, 2004, and re-elected in November, 2004. She serves on the Boardís Committee on the Open Space, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Trust Fund and is the liaison for the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Cultural and Heritage Affairs Advisory Board, the Advisory Board on Education, and the Commission on the Status of Women. She has also served on the Runnells Hospital Board of Managers and the Committee on the Status of Libraries. In 2005, she chaired the Freeholder committee for Union Countyís Courthouse Centennial, and is the chairman for Union Countyís 150th Anniversary, which is being celebrated this year.

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