BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - When New Jersey’s First Lady Tammy Murphy stopped at the Berkeley Heights Train Station on Election Day, she was greeted by Democratic candidate for mayor Angie Devanney and council candidates Stephen Yellin and Alvaro Medeiros.
Devanney said, "We really want to effectuate positive change in Berkeley Heights. All three of us need to be elected. It will be a 3-3 split. In our form of government the mayor only votes to break the tie. We want to change what has been going on. We need to plan for our future. We need to make sure that everyone's voice in Berkeley Heights is heard. There are many people in this community that have felt marginalized -- we are going to make sure there is a place for everybody and that's why our color is purple, and we are very proud of that."
Tonight Devanney got her wish, all three Democrats were elected. Devanney will be mayor, Yellin and Medeiros each won a council seat. The celebration at the Democrat’s headquarters on Springfield Avenue was epic - worthy of a World Series victory celebration, complete with champagne spraying over the celebrants.
According to the unofficial results, Devanney garnered 2,806 votes to defeat incumbent Republican Mayor Robert Woodruff, who received 2,603 votes.
In the race for the two three-year seats on the council, Alvaro Medeiros received 2,701 votes and Stephen Yellin, 2,681 votes, to defeat incumbent Republicans Councilman Michael D’Aquilla, who received 2,655 votes and Councilwoman Michelle Greco, who received 2,652 votes.
Residents supported both Board Of Education incumbents, Christine Reilly, who received 2,622 votes and Doug Reinstein, who received 1,979 votes. Challenger Gentiana Brahimaj received 1,204 votes in her attempt to replace one of the incumbents.
Republicans gathered at the VFW to await election results and, when they came, the crowd was stunned. Mayor Woodruff talked to the crowd and offered his congratulations to “Angie and her team. I wish them well.”
Check back tomorrow for more details, photos and videos from the post-election gatherings.