RANDOLPH, NJ- Two weeks after election day in Randolph, the results finally are marked as official by the Morris County clerk. The final vote-by-mail and provisional ballets closed the gap somewhat between the Democrats and the Republicans, but as stated in the original TAP article on election day, the four Republican candidates have secured the seats on Township Council.
Two incumbent Republicans, along with their two “first time” running mates, have officially been voted into office.
The Republican team expressed today, "Out of respect for the election process, we have waited to release this statement until now."
"We thank all Randolph voters as well as our supporters who have given so much of themselves during this difficult, yet successful campaign. Thank You! Our Team is humbled by the tremendous support of the voters of Randolph Township. We will continue seeking input from our residents as we look for even more opportunities to improve our community. We fully commit ourselves to the task ahead of us, and as we have done for many years, will always put the best interests of Randolph Township first."
Below are the lists the official results for Township Council, with the first four occupying the seats:
Mark Forstenhausler (R) - 5,712
Jim Loveys (R) - 5,863
Lou Nisivoccia (R) - 5,540
Marie Potter (R) - 5,676
Rachel Koshy (D) - 5,173
Amy Rosenthal-Laffey (D) - 5,132
David Timpanaro (D) - 5,102
Josh Weiner (D) - 5,076
There has not been a Democrat on the Randolph Township Council since 2006, meaning that the past 12 years have seen a fully Republican Council.
This election in 2018 marked the first time in recent memory that there was a competitive race for the open seats on Township Council. The four Democratic challengers ran on a platform of pushing forward smart development at Marks Corner, Shoppes at Randolph and other locations, reducing retail and commercial vacancies, and easing the tax burden on residents.
The two republican incumbents and their two running mates ran on a platform touting that each one is a 20+ year resident with long records of volunteering in multiple avenues around town, a strong record of fiscal responsibility that has led to Randolph’s AAA Bond Rating, and preserving open space.
Democratic candidate David Timpanaro also released a statement when the results became official:
"Success is not measured by the current situation, but by the platform set by the journey. This was never about us the candidates. It has always been about all of us, the residents. We encourage all residents to fill out a volunteer application. Hold the Council's feet to the fire, as this is the only way to ensure Randolph is guided by our inclusive vision. It is time to hold our elected officials accountable, regardless of party affiliation. We are excited to be chosen for boards and committees we've applied for and encourage the residents to do the same. I look forward to working with everyone next year. Thank you Randolph for your ideas, votes, and support."
Below are the final numbers for the Board of Education election, with the top three securing the three-year seats :
1) Allison Manfred - 4,851
2) Anne Standridge - 4,306
3) Robert Soni - 4,076
Tammy MacKay had decided to run for the board for a leftover one-year term, and therefore ran unopposed on the ballet to finish out the term of former board president Al Matos, Mackay received 5,991 votes.
Other Vote totals listed below:
Eliza Schleifstein - 3,647
Ron Hadley - 2,511