How the Chathams Voted: Below 50 Percent Turnout in Both Towns


CHATHAM, NJ - Forty-five percent of Chatham residents came out to vote on election day Tuesday, with a total of 6,598 votes cast combined in Chatham Borough and Chatham Township, representing 45 percent of the 14,654 registered voters.

In Chatham Township, there was a 46.8 percent turnout with 3,825 of the 8,163 eligible voters casting votes. In Chatham Borough, there was a 42.7 percent turnout with 2,773 out of 6,491 eligible voters casting votes.

Chatham Township voted for Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno 2,013 over Governor-elect Phil Murphy, who received 1,705 votes. In the Morris County Freeholder race, the township favored Heather Darling over Chatham Borough resident Rozella Clyde, 1,913 to 1,599.

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In Chatham Borough, Murphy received 1,517 votes compared to 1,323 for Guadagno. Clyde topped Darling, 1386 to 1349.

Both towns voted in favor of Public Questions 1 and 2. Question 1 provides $125 million to fund library construction bonds and Question 2 dedicates money won in environmental lawsuits to be spent on environmental issues.

The township voted 2,002 to 1,048 in favor of Question 1 and 2,286 to 708 on Question 2. The borough voted 1608 to 645 in favor of Question 1 and 1,746 to 460 on Question 2.

In the updated totals, which do not include provisional ballots, Republican Robert Weber and Democrat Thaddeus Kobylarz were the top vote-getters for the two seats on the Borough of Chatham Council with 1,433 cast for Weber and 1,423 for Kobylarz. Democrat Jon Wilcox had 1,381 votes and Republican Thomas "Steve" Coffey had 1,363.

For the two Chatham Borough seats on the board of education, BOE president Jill Critchley Weber won her third term with 1,442 votes, with Michael Ryan winning a first term by 20 votes over Rosalinda Rubio-William, 1,112 to 1,092 votes.

In Chatham Township, Republican Tayfun Selen won a special election to fill the unexpired term of John Maurer, who moved out of state, with 1,848 votes over Democrat challenger Salil Sheth, who had 1,758 votes.

In the hotly contested race for Chatham Township Committee, Republican incumbents Mike Kelly and Deputy Mayor Karen Swartz had 1,893 and 1,883 votes, respectively, holding off Democrat challengers Stacey Ewald with 1,803 votes and Tracy Ness with 1,758.

For the one Chatham Township seat on the board of education, Mary Chambers won her first three-year term with 1,307 votes. Her opponent, Ronald Epstein, had 805 votes.

Provisional votes should be counted by Tuesday, Nov. 14.



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