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Union County, New Jersey Elections November 2, 2010
Election results (unofficial) will be reported upon close of the polls in New Jersey at 8 pm on Tuesday, November 2. Polls open at 6 am. For tallies, other candidates, voter information and polls, see main election page.
Union County Freeholder

ELYSE MEDVED: Republican, challenger, Union County Freeholder: 3 years: Elysebochicchio@comcast.net
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Candidate Bio and Statement: unioncountygopcandidates.com Elyse Bochicchio Medved, a former council member in Rahway, has served in a variety of organizations since moving to Rahway from Brooklyn in 1993. As a new homeowner, Elyse began attending municipal, freeholder, and community meetings. Eventually, Elyse joined Concerned Citizens of Union County, working to expose the safety, health, and financial problems resulting from garbage and medical waste projects throughout the county. In her work with Concerned Citizens, Elyse developed an interest in politics. Although she had been a Democrat in New York, she became an active Republican in Rahway. In 1999, Elyse ran for and won a city council seat in Rahway. As a council member, she stood up for residents who were concerned, as she was, about out of control borrowing, spending, and sweetheart deals for private developers. She also fought against the sale of Rahway’s water authority, which has resulted in higher rates and less responsive service. In 2002, Elyse was accepted into the Whitman Series for Excellence in Public Service. While in the Whitman course, Elyse ran for Union County Freeholder. She did not succeed against opponents that were already part of the exclusively Democrat board. Years later, Elyse sees that this single-party Board continues to avoid public debate, even about their budget, and continues to disregard public comments and questions. She believes that this Board refuses to reduce their easy spending on non-essential projects and programs, “frills,” in her words, because they are even more at out-of-touch with the basic needs of Union County than they were in 2002. Besides her work in politics, Elyse has served in a variety of organizations. Most notably, she has worked for the National Breast Cancer Committee where she participated in lobbying, fundraising, and outreach in both New Jersey and in Washington, D.C. She has also held a seat on the vestry at St. John's Church in Elizabeth, where she has been active in several community outreach programs. For the past 2 years, Elyse has volunteered as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for a child in foster care. Elyse has worked for many years as a substitute teacher in a number Union County towns, concentrating during the past two years mostly in Elizabeth. She now is a Marketing Associate for Directbuy in Edison. Elyse has a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College. Elyse continues to reside in Rahway with her husband, Lex, and their two sons.
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