SOMERVILLE, NJ - It’s official: North Plainfield Police Chief William Parenti is winner of the 2019 GOP Primary election for Somerset County Sheriff.
The outcome of the race between Parenti and Tim Pino, a retired captain on the Sheriff Deprtment's K-9 unit awaited a final tally of provisional ballots and write-in votes that were received after polls were closed on Election night June 4th.
The County Board of Elections completed that count early Monday afternoon, with the final results released by Somerset County Clerk Steve Peter at 1:43 p.m.
The final official tally showed Parenti received 7,120 votes with Pino receiving 6,882 votes. Parenti's margin of victory was 248 votes.
As of Primary night, Parenti had received 6,981 votes; Pino's vote count was 6,755.
Parenti will face off against Democrat Darren Russo in the general election in November. Russo is a retired Franklin Township police lieutenant who ran unsuccessfully against retiring Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano three years ago, losing narrowly by 600 votes. He won the Democrat Primary, receiving 6,873 votes. He was opposed by Somerville resident Art Atkins, a former police officer in Bridgewater, who received 4,657 votes.
The unofficial vote totals posted by the Somerset County Clerk’s Office at 11:30 p.m. Election Night showed Parenti the winner by a margin of 226 votes over Pino.
Pino ran a spirited campaign and thrived on his outsider status. He was endorsed by the Somerset County Sheriff Officer's union. Parenti had the backing of the Somerset County Republican Party and Sheriff Frank Provenzano, who will be retiring at the end of this year after serving 50 years in law enforcement including the Bridgewater Police Department.