Members of the East Orange Democratic Party faithful will have 13 men and women to choose from to fill five City Council seats June 7.
All five incumbents, whose current four-year terms are to expire Jan. 1, will be running. There are also eight challengers - a blend of familiar and new faces - who are seeking those same seats.
The names are being placed on the June 7 ballot along with primary candidates for Essex County Freeholder and Surrogate plus relevant seats in the New Jersey State Legislature and in the United States Congress.
The June 7 primary has both statutory and practical significance. Statutorily speaking, the primary will yield standard-bearers for the major parties prior to the Nov. 8 General Election.
About two percent of East Orange's voters, however, are registered Republicans. The June 7 primary for East Orange City Council, practically speaking, is tantamount to the General Election.