HILLSBOROUGH , NJ – Less than one percentage point separates the four candidates who ran for two Township Committee seats on Election Day, with the outcome of Tuesday’s local elections not expected until next Tuesday, when all provisional ballots and mail-in ballots are counted and included in the final vote tally, according to Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter.
Republican Committeeman Shawn Lipani has the highest vote total – 8,496 (25.46 percent); Democratic challenger Olivia Holmes has the second highest total, 8,346 (25.01 percent); Republican Ron Skobo is next with 8,290 (24.84 percent) followed by Democratic candidate Jeffrey A. Wright. 8,216 (24.62 percent).
Only 280 votes separate the four candidates; 150 votes separate Lipani and Holmes.
If Holmes is able to maintain her advantage over Skobo and Wright, she will become the first Democrat to be seated on the Township Committee since 2007, when Democrat Paul Drake lost his seat to Committeeman Frank DelCore, according to Deputy Mayor Doug Tomson.
Holmes has increased her lead over Skobo as mail-in ballots continue to be counted; as of Wednesday afternoon, only 39 votes separated Holmes (8,280) and Skobo (8,241).
There were 21 write-in votes.
A total of 33,369 votes were tabulated at Hillsborough’s 33 voting districts.