UPDATE: The Democrats made it a clean sweep by winning state and county elections, according to unofficial results from the county clerk.
Retired Franklin Township Police Lieutenant Darrin Russo defeated North Plainfield Police Chief Bill Parenti to replace Provenzano as the top cop in the county.
Russo won 36,372 votes and Parenti received 33,798.
Incumbent Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director, Pat Walsh lost to Melonie Marano. The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders was exclusively Republicans for decades, until Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, swore in Shanel Robinson and Sarah Sooy as the first Democrats in January. Now the Democrats have the edge on the board.
Marano won 35,113 votes and Walsh received 34,791.
Incumbents Assemblyman, Joseph Danielsen and Assemblyman, Joseph V. Egan defeated challengers Patricia Badovinac and Maria Conception Powell in Somerset County.
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SOMERSET, NJ - Democratic incumbents, Mayor, Phillip Kramer, Councilwoman At-Large, Kimberly Francois, Councilwoman At-Large, Crystal Pruitt, and their running mate Councilman At-Large (elect), Sivaraman "Ram" Anbarasan emerged victorious in Tuesday's general election, according to unofficial results from the township clerk.
The win ensured the Franklin Township Council will remain in Democratic control.
Kramer defeated challenger Beverly Briggs-Lawson 8,893 – 3,203, Pruitt defeated challenger Santhosh (Sam) K. Velu 8,555 – 3,199, Anbarasan defeated Alhaji (Noah) Fofanah 8,182 – 3,187 and Francois beat out Christina Ganzer-Zambri 8,438 – 3,309, according to unofficial results from the township clerk.
Two Board of Education incumbents maintained their seats, and their running mate will be joining them on the board.
BOE President, Nancy LaCorte and BOE Vice President, Ardaman Singh and their running mate Walter B. Jackson received the most votes 7,818, 6,671, and 7,310 respectively and as result will serve on the Franklin Township Board of Education for the next three years. Hugh A. Scott received 2,850 votes.
In Franklin, 23 percent of the 46,802 registered voters turned out to vote.
Editor's Notes: At the time of publication of this article races on the county and state level have not been called, according to Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter. This article will be updated as soon as those numbers become available.
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