EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Democrats were celebrating last night at the East Brunswick Hilton, having held major seats in the New Jersey State Assembly and the Middlesex County Freeholders. The big winner, though, was Mildred Scott who gleaned 69,383 votes - the highest among any candidate in the county - to remain in her position as Middlesex County Sheriff.
The Board of Education race for three open seats in East Brunswick was the most dramatic, with two candidates receiving an equal number of votes and one candidate still being viable until late in the evening. Current BOE member Liwu Hong held a strong lead, closing the night with 3,075 votes - 23%. Current BOE member Mark Csizmar and newcomer Heather Guas each finished the night with 2,773 votes and 21% of the total. Close fourth-runner was Curt Philipczak whose percentage varied in the hours after the polls closed and districts in town were accounted for. Following the nail-biter, Philipczak finished the race with 20% of the votes, earning 2,725 - a mere 48 votes behind the winners. Closing the ballot was Wesam Berjaoui with 2,114 votes and 16% of the total.
Here are the statistics for the vote in East Brunswick:
The Democratic ticket Armwood, Kenny, and Azcona-Barber garnered 59% of the vote in the county. Incumbents Kenneth Armwood and Charles Kenny will hold their seats as Freeholders, along with the newcomer Clary Azcona-Barber.
Assembly Democrats Nancy Pinkin and Robert Karabinchak held their seats with 60% of the vote.
Sheriff Scott retained her position by inspiring 59% of the vote.
The ballot question regarding increase financial support for veterans in retirement communities was passed by an overwhelming majority of 72%.
In nearby Milltown, Democrat Joyce Jensen Mehr was elected mayor with 58% of the vote, with Democrats Neubauer and Zambrana also gaining seats on the town council.