CRANFORD, NJ – The unofficial results are in. Deputy Mayor Patrick Giblin can look forward to another term on the Cranford Township Committee alongside his running mate, newcomer Jean-Albert Maisonneuve. The pair celebrated their election Tuesday night with supporters at Kilkenny House in Downtown Cranford.
Though mail-in ballots have not yet been counted, the results are clear, according to results from the Township Clerk. Voter turnout in Cranford was just shy of 50 percent.
Cranford residents approved the New Jersey Construction Bond Act, which allows the state to sell $125 million in bonds to provide grants to libraries, with 3,888 “yes” votes and 2,469 “no” votes.
They also overwhelmingly approved question two, which dedicates moneys from state environmental contamination cases. Money from settlements with polluters must be spent on environmental cleanup. 4,507 votes were “yes” and 1,779 votes were “no.”
Board of Education members Lisa Carbone, Kurt Petschow Jr. and Kristen Mallon were re-elected with votes of 3,634, 2,995 and 2,737 respectively. Their opponent, Rita Della Valle, received 2,491 votes.
Board of Education member Daniel Demarco, who ran unopposed for a one-year term, received 3,204 votes.
“I feel great,” Maisonneuve said, who received 3,728 votes. “I’m humbled by all the efforts people put in for this and I look forward to doing everything we can for Cranford. This is just incredible and I’m a little speechless, and that’s rare. I’m really, truly honored by the opportunity and I really will do everything I can to make everybody proud.
Giblin, who received 4,157 votes, said “I’m looking forward to serving the residents of Cranford. I’m humbled by the results. I think we ran a great campaign, as did our opponents. We look forward to serving the residents of Cranford over the next couple of years.”
Giblin and Maisonneuve ran against republicans Andis Kalnins, who received 3,452 votes, and Richard Buontempo, who received 3,435 votes.
“I’m upset that we lost but I wish good luck to the new committee,” Kalnins said.
Buontempo was unavailable for comment.
In 2018, the Cranford Township Committee will consist of four democrats: Giblin, Maisonneuve, Mayor Thomas Hannen and Commissioner Ann Dooley. Commissioner Mary O’Connor is the remaining republican.
“I’m really appreciative of the number of people who came out to vote today, especially as the afternoon went on,” Hannen told TAPinto Cranford. “As the rain started to pour, people had enough pride in their community to come out and vote. No matter who they voted for, I was really impressed with the number of people [who voted], especially after the projections were only 40 percent. For Cranford and the state of New Jersey, I think it’s fantastic.”
Results remain unofficial until certification.