BERKELEY HEIGHTS. NJ - The results were still unofficial, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Democrats who celebrated a clean sweep in Berkeley Heights on Tuesday night.
At campaign headquarters on Springfield Avenue, campaign volunteers kept a record of votes cast on a chart on the wall, including mail-in ballots. Supporters had a huge selection of food and beverages to choose from as they waited for the numbers to be recorded. Upstairs, others kept track of the numbers by phone, then passed the information on to the downstairs crew.
Far sooner than anyone expected, someone on the team shouted, “We did it, It’s a sweep.” There was some applause, but the real celebrating began when Mayor- elect Angie Devanney burst into the room. Applause and cheers filled the room, there were hugs all around from Angie for her supporters, but the icing on the cake came when her husband George came through the doorway shaking up a bottle of champagne. When he popped the cork, champagne shot into the air and drops of the bubbly fell on the laughing, cheering crowd.
Angie thanked her supporters, “This wouldn’t have happened without every single one of you.” Earlier in the evening she said, “I loved going door-to-door,” adding she had “knocked on 1,096 doors” this fall.
Councilmen-elect Stephen Yellin and Alvaro Medeiros also thanked their supporters and families for the hard work, while the crowd clapped and sang “We Will Rock You.”
Later, Yellin stepped outside, where is was a bit quieter, and said, “This I hope will be remembered as a history-making night. We now have the honor and responsibility to govern as we said we would when we campaigned.”
After festivities quieted down, about a dozen folks headed to Democrat Tom Malinowski’s campaign headquarters where they celebrated his victory over Congressman Leonard Lance (R-7) a few hours later.