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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
Rayland Van Blake
Party Affiliation: Democrat

Contact Info
Telephone: (908) 527-4100
Website: www.plainfield.com
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Candidate Information

Professional Background: The candidate has worked as a financial analyst for Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, and most recently as a pricing analyst for American Standard in Piscataway. The candidate also works as a professional actor, and has appeared on television.

Education: Mr. Van Blake is a graduate of Lehigh University, where he earned a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Finance. Mr. Van Blake also spent his junior year abroad studying at the University of Nottingham in England.

Family Life: Mr. Van Blake is single and lives in Plainfield.

Government Experience: Mr. Van Blake was elected to the City Council in Plainfield in 2002, winning office by defeating a 16-year incumbent by more than a 2-1 margin. He is now serving as the City Council President. In 2006, he served as the Chairman of the Committee as a Whole, and has helped spear-head economic development projects such as the Senior Center, and the Seidler Field and Rushmore Park public pools renovations, and the Park-Madison Redevelopment Project.

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Last Updated: Friday, October 19, 2007
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