LIVINGSTON, NJ — According to the unofficial election results provided by the Essex County Clerk’s Office, Mayor Ed Meinhardt, Rudy Fernandez and Shawn Klein will retain their seats on the Livingston Township Council.  

The unofficial results determined that the three Democrat incumbents finished ahead of Republican challengers Brandon Minde and Debbie Burack. Each of the incumbents received between 23 and 24 percent of the vote, while Minde got 16 percent and Burack 12.5 percent.

"I want to thank the voters of Livingston for putting their confidence in us," Fernandez told TAPinto Livingston. "This was a wonderful campaign, and now we are looking forward to rolling up our sleeves and getting back to work. I also want to thank our opponents for a wonderful campaign."

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Meinhardt also reserved praise for the two runners-up on the campaign they ran.

"We were very pleased with the results, and we appreciate the support  the township of Livingston showed us," Meinhardt said. "I would like to congratulate our opponents, Brandon Minde and Debbie Burack, and thank them for running a wonderful and clean campaign that Livingston can be proud of."

"We want to thank the residents of Livingston for recognizing we have worked hard to provide smart and efficient government, and we appreciate their votes of confidence to continue moving forward into the future," Klein said.

Fernandez, a 25-year resident and a former mayor of Livingston, is an attorney by trade. He graduated of Rutgers University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and earned a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers Law School in 1985.

Meinhardt, a 22-year resident of Livingston, is the Senior Account Executive for European Granite and Marble.

Klein, a 45-year resident of Livingston, is an ophthalmologist by trade and is currently employed as a cataract surgeon.

The results of this election are not considered official until they are certified by the state.