SOMERSET, NJ - Unofficial Primary Election Day results are in and the stage is set for the upcoming General Election in November. 

Residents in Franklin Township will have the opportunity to vote for mayor, three council-at-large seats, a freeholder seat, and two assemblyman seats on Election Day, November 5.

Voter participation in Franklin was better than the county average according to Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter. Franklin saw 15 percent of its registered Democrats head to the polls vs. 13 percent for Republicans. 

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"The turnout overall is typical for an off-year election," Peter told TAPinto. "The surprising thing is that the new vote-by-mail rule that pushed up the numbers last November didn’t seem to carry through for the primary."


In a three-way, Democratic primary race for Legislative District 17, incumbents Joe Danielsen and Joseph V. Egan fended off newcomer Ron Rivers by receiving the most votes in a pick two scenario.  

Danielsen and Egan will face republicans Patricia Badovinac and Maria Conception Powell on Election day November 5.

Danielsen - 3,257 

Egan - 3,167

Rivers -  617

The 17th District includes Franklin (Somerset), Milltown, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, and Piscataway. 

Somerset County Sheriff

A local resident and retired Franklin Township Police Lieutenant Darrin Russo defeated, retired Bridgewater Police Sergeant Art Atkins for the Democrats’ nominee for Somerset County Sheriff.

Russo - 6,873

Atkins - 4,657

Russo will face North Plainfield Police Chief Bill Parenti who narrowly defeated former Somerset County Sheriff's Office K9 unit Captin, Tim Pino. 

Parenti - 6,944

Pino - 6,721

Board of Chosen Freeholders

Republican Pat Walsh, deputy director of the Somerset County Freeholders defeated challenger Robert Quinn of Franklin. Walsh will face off against Melonie Marano in November. 

Walsh - 8,217

Quinn - 5,016

Municipal Race 

Incumbent, Mayor Phil Kramer (D) will meet challenger Beverly Briggs-Lawson (R) during the November election.

Incumbents, Councilwoman At-Large Kimberly Francois (D), and Councilwoman At-Large Crystal Pruitt (D), and running mate Sivaraman Anbarasan (D) will face Santhosh (Sam) K. Velu (R), Alhaji (Noah) Fofanah (R), and Christina Ganzer-Zambri for the three Council At-Large seats available in November. 

Unofficial 2019 Township of Franklin Election Numbers  

Democrats - 15 percent of 21,332 registered Democrats voted

NJ Assembly NJ Assembly NJ Assembly County Sheriff County Sheriff County Freeholder Mayor Council     At-Large Council     At-Large Council     At-Large
Danielsen Egan Rivers Russo Akins Marano Kramer Pruitt Anbarasan Francois
 2,794  2,726  529  1,872  1,369  3,009  3,046  2,929  2,881  2,925

Republicans - 13.3 percent of 6,304 registered Republicans voted 

NJ Assembly NJ Assembly County Sheriff County Sheriff County Freeholder County Freeholder Mayor Council   At-Large Council   At-Large Council   At-Large
Badovinac Powell Pino Parenti Quinn Walsh Briggs-Lawson Velu Fofanah Ganzer-Zambri
726 678 352 455 291 506 729 674 678 712

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