SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – In the State of New Jersey, Primary Day was held just over a month ago with the majority of voting this year taking place via mail in ballot. In South Plainfield, based on the results released this week by the Middlesex County Board of Elections, Democratic candidates received a larger voter turnout than their Republican counterparts.
In November, voters will cast their ballot for President of the United States and, in the July 7 primary, South Plainfielders voted largely Democratic. Candidate Joe Biden received 1,704 votes followed by 330 for Bernie Sanders. Republican incumbent Donald Trump garnered 668 votes. For 2020, a total of 2,069 Democratic ballots were cast, with 27 'uncommitted' and 8 write-ins; the Republican party saw 33 write-ins.
For 2020, borough residents were also able to cast their votes for congressional delegate, U.S. senator, county freeholder, county clerk, and, borough council.
In the 6th Congressional District race, incumbent Democrat Frank Pallone, Jr. received 1,644 votes with fellow Democratic candidates Russell Cirincione receiving 337 and Amani Al-Khatantbeh receiving 69. This year, no Republican candidates filed petitions for the seat, however, 51 write-in were cast.
Additionally, in the race for U.S. Senator, incumbent Democrat Cory Booker garnered 1,777 votes from South Plainfielders with party challenger Lawrence Hamm receiving 300. For the Republican party, five candidates are vying for the seat: Hirsh Singh received 147 votes; Natalie Lynn Rivera received 35 votes; Rikin Mehta received 330 votes; Patricia Flanagan received 148 votes; and Eugene Anagos received 17 votes. Both parties also had write-in, with five for the Republican Party and two for the Democratic Party.
In Middlesex County, longtime clerk Elaine Flynn is not seeking re-election and, as a result, Democrats Herb Tarbous of Piscataway and Nancy Pinkin, current assemblywoman of the 18th L.D. along with Republican Joseph Wolak, a current South Plainfield councilman, are all vying for the seat. Tarbous received 323 votes; Pinkin received 1,700 votes; and Wolak received 695 votes.
In the race for Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, borough voters were asked to 'select two' candidates. Democratic incumbents Charles Tomaro and Leslie Koppel received 1,496 and 1,540 votes, respectively with challengers Neeharika Thuravil and Catherine Hunt garnering 453 and 464 votes respectively. Republican challengers included John M. Masculin with 672 votes and Andrew Politi with 668 votes.
On a local front, in the race for two at-large seats on the South Plainfield Borough Council, Republican incumbents Christine Faustini and Derryck White earned 682 and 684 votes respectively while Democratic candidates Sandy Doyon and Steven Remming received 1,928 and 1,815 votes respectively. Both parties also saw write-in votes, with 14 for the Republican Party and 17 for the Democratic Party. Resident Bashir Nurid-din is also seeking a three-year term on the council as an independent, however, primary elections do not include Independent Party candidates.
Note: Election Day 2020 is Tuesday, Nov. 3; the voter registration deadline is Oct. 13. For additional information, including mail-in ballot deadlines, visit http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov/Government/Departments/CS/Documents/Elections/2020%20General%20Election%20Timeline.pdf.
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