WESTFIELD, NJ — Democratic candidates for the Town Council secured seats in three out of four wards, unofficial results showed on election night.

Democratic newcomers Jim Boyes and Mark Parmelee took seats in the First and Second wards, while Republican incumbent Mark LoGrippo retained his Third Ward seat. In the Fourth Ward, Democratic newcomer Scott Katz bested his Republican opponent by 122 votes, according to the unofficial results from the Town Clerk's Office.

“I’m overwhelmed by the support,” said LoGrippo, while celebrating at the Italian American Club. “I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Republicans, Democrats and Independents to move Westfield forward.”

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At the polls, LoGrippo garnered 128 votes over his Democratic challenger Jennifer Gilman, the town clerk’s results show. The unofficial figures do not include mail-in ballots or the 379 provisional ballots cast, which had yet to be tallied after the polls closed on Election Day, according to the clerk’s office.  Provisional ballots are given at the polls when there is a question about a voter’s eligibility.

Boyes bested his Republican opponent, Rob Benaccio, by 171 votes, the results show.

“It was a good clean race,” said Boyes at the restaurant, 16 Prospect Tuesday night. “Rob ran a good, clean campaign. I worked hard likewise, and I’m just pleased with the result tonight.”

Republican Richard Bodmer lost his race to Parmelee by 235 votes, the Election Night polling showed. Bodmer expressed concern about a duplicate Facebook profile of himself, which spelled his last name “Botmer” and used his likeness to comments to the town website during a live stream of a candidate debate, which Bodmer did not attend.

“Congratulations to Mark Parmelee because I’m sure he’s a great guy,” Bodmer said on Election Night. “I would really love to seem him do great things for this town because this town is awesome.”

Voter turnout at the polls stood at 27%, the town clerk's results showed.

In Westfield, 23,845 people had registered to vote. Of those people, 9,491 were not affiliated with a party, according to the Union County Clerk's Office.

It marked second election for which Westfield used digital voting machines that produce a paper trial, which is printed out for voters.

Here’s how Westfield voted in the Town Council race:

First Ward

James G. Boyes (D) 904
Robert H. Benacchio (R) 737

Second Ward

Mark Parmelee (D) 820
Richard Bodmer (R) 585

Third Ward

Jennifer C. Gilman (D) 757
Mark LoGrippo * (R) 885

Fourth Ward

Scott A. Katz (D) 800
Doug Stokes * (R) 678

Email Staff Writer Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net; Follow him on Twitter: @MattKadosh

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