Hopatcong and Sparta Election Guide

The candidates and issues that will be affecting the area and Sussex County.

As we head into November’s elections, Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race. Bookmark this page for updates.

Voting Info

  • Sample Ballot: To see your sample ballot and find information about candidates, go to this website.
  • Polling locations: To find out where you're voting in Hopatcong click here, and for the polling locations in Sparta click here.


  • Hopatcong Borough Council: A pair of Republican incumbents seek to keep their seats on the Borough Council as they are challenged by two Democrats. For the GOP, the slate includes incumbents Richard Bunce and Marie Galate. The Democrats are represented by John Pezzino and Mara Modes.
  • Hopatcong Board of Education: Six candidates are vying for three 3-year terms. The candidates are , and challengers Quashinna Williams, John H. Maine, and Judith Antonelli.
  • Sparta Township Council: Five candidates are running for two four-year terms. The candidates are current mayor Jerry Murphy challenging James Henderson, Donald R. Ploetner, II., Christine Quinn, and Jesse Wolosky.
  • Sparta Township Board of Education: Six candidates are running for three 3-year terms. The candidates are president Keith Smith, vice president Dorothy La Beau, incumbent Ilse Wolfe, and challengers Kim Yeomans, Karen M. Scott, and John Surdoval.
  • Sussex County Freeholders: Two three-year term seats are up for election, with Democrats Susan M. Williams and James C. Tighe taking on GOP candidates Dennis J. Mudrick and Gail Phoebus.
  • 5th Congressional District: Three candidates are vying for one two-year term. The candidates are Republican Scott Garrett, Democrat Adam Gussen, and Green Party member Patricia Alessandrini.
  • 11th Congressional District: Longtime Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, who also had no opponents in the primary. 
  • U.S. Senate:U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D), the junior United States Senator from New Jersey who was first appointed in 2006 to fill Jon Corzine's seat, takes on Republican challenger Joe Kyrillos, who easily defeated three opponents in the primary.
  • U.S. President: President Barack Obama will presumptively face former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in a campaign that has already focused heavily on the economy and job growth.

Stay with Patch all day as we update this article with news and information from the polls and live election results after 9 p.m.

Breaking Down the Election

  • A lower than usual turnout is expected due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Who might benefit if that's the case? New Jersey insiders say Romney.
  • What does history say about how the Garden State and how it will vote? If the last five elections are any indication, the incumbent president will come out on top.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »