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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 
District 21: State Senate
Gina Genovese
Party Affiliation: Democrat

Contact Info
Telephone: (908) 464-3057
Website: www.ginagenovese.com 
E-mail: contact@ginagenovese.com

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Candidate Information

Professional Background: For the past 36 years the past 13 as a resident of Long Hill - Ms. Genovese has lived and worked in the 21st District. After graduating high school, she spent three years refining her tennis game and teaching students at the Warren Racquet Club. In 1978, Gina won the National Lipton Mixed Doubles Classic in Houston and two years later, played professional tennis, attaining a world ranking of 150. After an injury forced her to retire, she opened Gina's Tennis World in 1983 at the age of 24. She built the Berkeley Heights-based business from 10 clients to a roster of thousands, coaching nationally ranked players, full-scholarship athletes and top high-school players. For years, she also ran an inner-city tennis program for children in Jersey City.

Education:  The candidate graduated from the Kent Place School in Summit in 1977.

Family Life: Ms. Genovese lives in Long Hill with her partner of 10 years, Wendy McCahill.

Government Experience: In 2003, Ms. Genovese ran as a last minute fill-in candidate for Long Hill Township Committee and came within 52 votes of victory. The following year, she ran again and defeated a four-time Republican incumbent to become the lone Democrat on the committee.

In 2005, Gina was selected unanimously by the Republican majority committee to become the first Democratic mayor in the history of Long Hill Township, becoming the highest-ranking, openly gay elected official in the state.

Clubs and Organizations: While serving as Long Hill's mayor, Ms. Genovese developed and taught civics lessons to students in both Millington and Gillette about the election and budgeting processes.

Major Campaign Issues:  
property-tax relief - creating school-aid formulas equitable for all districts, exploring shared services and reducing property taxes in other ways.

b. environmental issues - global warming, fighting traffic congestion.

c. economic growth - investing in science and small businesses to keep jobs in New Jersey.

d. bringing honesty and integrity to Trenton and working in a bipartisan manner to bring meaningful reforms and results.

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Last Updated: Friday, October 19, 2007
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