Passaic GOP picks three to run

The Passaic County Republican Party on Saturday chose three candidates to run in this year’s county freeholder race, they are Joseph Cupoli of Clifton, Sami Merhi of Totowa and Joan Walsh of Wayne, announced PCRRO Chairman John Traier.

Cupoli , 50, served on the Clifton City Council from 2006 to 2010. He is president of an automotive parts  company that has grown to 10 stores throughout North Jersey, with 150 employees and $25 million in sales. He and his wife Jaqui have three children.

Merhi, 66,  is a Totowa businessman who, runs a medical consulting company. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in philosophy and has served on  numerous boards and foundations in the county. He served for 10 years as  the president of the Preakness Hospital Board of Managers; two years on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter of the American Red Cross; and seven years as a member of the Passaic County Vision 20/20 Committee. He and his family have lived in Totowa for 15 years.

Walsh, 51,  is a national account executive for a corporation that services the restaurant industry. She  from 2008 to 2011 on the Wayne Board of Education and formerly on the Ridgefield Park Board of Education. She has been active in sports in both Ridgefield Park and Wayne. She has a grown daughter.

Passaic GOP picks three to run