CHATHAM, NJ - Republican challengers Mark Hamilton and Rez Estevez pulled off the upset by ousting Chatham Township Mayor Tayfun Selen in the primary election held Tuesday for the two open seats on the Chatham Township Committee.
On the Democratic side, Stacey Ewald ran unopposed and Celeste Fondaco received enough write-in votes to gain the second seat on the party ballot. Each party will have two candidates on the ballot for the two open seats in November election.
Chatham Township Clerk Greg LaConte announces unofficial primary votes
The unofficial tallies had Hamilton receiving the most votes with 627, followed by Estevez with 580 and Selen with 388. Ewald received 353 votes.
"I'm very appreciative of the Republican voters for coming out and supporting Rez and myself," Hamilton said. "I look forward to getting things moving in the right direction again and serving everybody come November."
Greg LaConte, the township clerk, noted that the county has until Thursday to count the mail-in ballots postmarked June 4.
"I have an overwhelming sense of gratitude, first to thank the voters for coming out to vote," Estevez said. "We are humbled by this and we look forward to the general."
Selen was voted in as mayor in a 3-2 vote of the Chatham Township Committee at its Jan. 3, 2019, reorganization meeting. He declined to comment on the primary results at this time.