The race in Sparta

The May 13 race for Sparta Township Council is worth watching, where incumbents Scott Seelagy and Jerry Murphy face challengers Carey-Ann Shaftan, and Christopher Curry and Diane Layton. There could be some anti-incumbent sentiment in Sparta, where Mayor Michael Spekhardt, Deputy Mayor Brian Brady and Councilman Manny Goldberg face a possible recall election.

Shaftan, a former North Arlington Councilwoman and the wife of prominent conservative strategist Rick Shaftan, is running with Curry, whose father, Harold Curry, served as a Democratic Assemblyman from Warren County from 1963 to 1967. Harold Curry lost his Assembly seat to Robert Littell in 1967 (Littell went on to serve forty years in the Assembly and State Senate before his retirement last year). Kim Seelagy, the wife of the incumbent, was an aide to Assemblywoman Alison McHose, Littell’s daughter.