FAIR LAWN, NJ - Democrat Cristina Cutrone defeated Republican Michael Rosenberg in the Nov. 6 election for borough council representative.
Incumbent Cutrone received 6,778 votes while Rosenberg, a member of the Fair Lawn Board of Education, received 5,016 votes for the one-year unexpired term. Council terms are normally four years, if served in full. Vote tallies do not include provisional or absentee votes. Official tallies are expected by next week.
There was a total of 12,524 votes cast on Nov. 6.
"I am honored and humbled to have been elected to serve the residents of Fair Lawn," Cristina Cutrone said in an email. "As a member of the council, I will continue to fight for clean drinking water, safer roads for our pedestrians, revitalized downtown areas, and stable taxes. I look forward to a successful year and I promise to always be available to residents."
Cutrone was appointed on May 15 to replace former Mayor Lisa Swain. Swain left to take a seat as a state assemblywoman. Swain was re-elected to the assembly seat with the highest unofficial vote total of 8,528.
The council consists of five members, four of which are democrats and one republican. Cutrone filled an unexpired term that ends December 2019, but because of when she was appointed, to retain the seat, she had to run in the November 2018 election.
"I am proud of the campaign I ran," Michael Rosenberg said in an email. "From the beginning, I promised I was going to run a clean campaign. It was interesting running in my first partisan election. I never realized how partisan many people are in town. I wish that local elections were non partisan because that is not what I’m about. Remember, this was unusual also because it was a special election. I wish a lot of luck to Cristina. I’m going to continue to be out there doing what is right for our town and the board of education."