CHATHAM, NJ - Unofficial vote totals posted on the Morris County Primary election site show that current Chatham Township Mayor Michael Kelly is trailing in his bid to earn a spot on the Republican ticket this November.
There two seats up for election on the Chatham Township Committee.
The official results won't be known until after July 14, the final day for post-marked mail-in ballots to be counted.
As of Tuesday, July 7, Republican challengers Mark Hamilton and Ashley Felice have the lead over Kelly for the two spots on the party ballot.
"While it is important to note that the preliminary results from today’s Republican Primary remain “unofficial”, early indications are that an overwhelming majority of Chatham Township’s Republicans came out in support of the Ashley and Mark ticket. We are humbled by this tremendous vote of confidence from our fellow Republicans, and look forward to bringing our message of responsible and practical governance to all of Chatham Township’s Residents in the general election," Hamilton and Felice said in a joint statement.
"The next campaign starts today. It’s time for a return to reasonable, business-minded committee members who will always put the Township’s interests first, and we look forward to representing all of Chatham Township come January 2021."
Of the 1,580 ballots cast to date in the Republican primary, Hamilton has 645 votes, Felice has 629 and Kelly has received 289. There were 17 write-in ballots.
On the Democratic side for Chatham Township Committee, the ticket for two seats appears to be set with Amee Shah and Brandon Melvin receiving all but 15 of the 1,527 votes cast.