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We are proud to announce that Joan B. Harris has been elected to the Bernards Township Committee.

Harris is the first Democrat to be elected to the Bernards Township Committee in 20 years!

Please join us in thanking Joan and her running mate, Bobby Mascia, for their leadership throughout a fine campaign. Thank you also to Republican candidates John Surano and Joe Esposito.  

Congratulations to Joan Harris & Joe Esposito on their election to the Bernards Township Committee!


Unofficial Results as of November 13


Community First

 Fiscal Responsibility

Representative Government


  We're all in this together. That's why our focus is on COMMUNITY, FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, AND REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT. We seek to preserve what is best about our town and welcome change to respond to the needs and desires of our diverse population. Most importantly, we will not lose sight of our obligation to serve the community in a transparent and welcoming manner.




Friday, November 2, 2018 12:00 AM

Bernards Township Committee Candidate: Robert Mascia

Robert Mascia is one of the four candidates running for township committee in the contested Bernards Township election being held on Nov. 6.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 12:00 AM

Bernards Township Committee Candidate: Joan Harris

Joan Harris is one of the four candidates running for township committee in the contested Bernards Township election being held on Nov. 6.

Thursday, October 25, 2018 12:00 AM


In Bernards Township, we believe it’s time to upset the apple cart.

The township has seen one-party rule for way too long. While Bernards is a well managed town, one-party rule by the Republicans has resulted in complacency, as officials continue to discuss important matters behind closed doors with limited public input. Recent actions by the Township Committee to roll out major development proposals without advance participation from the public demonstrate that officials haven’t changed much from the last election when they faced a serious threat but managed to maintain power by a slim margin.

Democrats Joan Harris and Robert Mascia would bring new energy and insights to the committee and provide much-needed checks and balances.

Harris has a legal background with extensive experience in negotiations, plus volunteer service in town. Mascia is a young father and independent businessman who founded his own consulting firm.

Both appear to be open-minded and genuinely willing to listen to residents’ concerns. We support their candidacies.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 12:00 AM

LETTER: Harris, Mascia will make Bernards Township a better place to live

I am writing to express my support of Joan Harris and Robert Mascia for Bernards Township Committee.

Along with recognizing current traffic problems, the Democrats have emphasized the need to have greater transparency in zoning decisions, better communications and open government initiatives. The residents of Basking Ridge deserve truly open hearings without predetermined outcomes on proposed new developments along Valley Road, Liberty Corner Road, or at Millington Quarry.

This is a great town and we all want to keep this township an attractive place to live in. Joan Harris and Robert Mascia are new voices who are more in tune to what our community needs are now.


Sunday, October 14, 2018 12:00 AM

Democrats seek transparency in Bernards Township

After nearly capturing its first Township Committee seat in two decades last year, the local Democratic Party is hoping to break through when voters go to the polls next month. An in depth articles on the issues for Bernard Township. 

Paid for by the Harris & Mascia for Bernards Township Committee, P.O. Box 75, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920-0075.
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