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GOP Incumbents McCauley, Tomson Prevail in Hillsborough Committee Election; Poppe Loses to Bateman in Senate Race; Freiman Wins Assembly Seat

Hillsborough GOP Committeeman Doug Tomson, left, talks with his Democrat opponents, Jane Staats and Harry Burke earlier this year after a council meeting. Credits: Rod Hirsch/Tapinto file photo
Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley and her GOP running mate Doug Tomson won re-election to the Township Committee Tuesday night, defeating Democratic challengers Jane Staats and Harry Burke.

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Incumbent Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley and her incumbent Republican running mate Committeeman Doug Tomson beat off a challenge by Democrats Jane Staats and Harry Burke to retain their seats on the Township Committee Tuesday night.

Hillsborough resident Laurie Poppe, Democratic candidate for the 16th District Senate seat held by longtime incumbent Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman, lost her race to the Republican lawmaker.

Another Hillsborough resident, Roy Freiman, a newcomer to politics, won an Assembly seat in the 16th District along with his running mate and incumbent Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker. The two Democrats defeated Republicans Donna Simon and Somerset County Freeholder Mark Caliguire.

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Bret Radi, former Hillsborough Township clerk, administrator and mayor, won re-election as Somerset County Clerk, defeating Democrat Steve Peter, Borough Council president in Somerville.

McCauley received 6,150 votes; Tomson, 6,232 votes.

Staats received 5,601 votes; Burke, 5,392 votes.

Somerville Mayor Brian Gallagher and his Republican running mate and incumbent Brian Levine won their race for Somerset County Freeholder; Gallagher received 17,348 votes; Levine, former mayor of Franklin, 17,118. Their Democratic opponents were Shanel Robinson, a member of the Franklin Township Council, receiving 14,215 votes and Alex Avellan, 14,493 votes.

Hillsborough voters cast 6,187 votes for Gallagher; 6,203 for Levine; Robinson, 5,239 and Avellan, 5,252.

Republican Radi won his race by a margin of 17,182-14,844, receiving 6,337 votes in Hillsborough to 5,307 for Peter.

In the 16th District, Bateman won the Senate race over Poppe by a margin of 31,382-29,472. Hillsborough voters favored Bateman over Poppe 6,494-5,325.

Zwicker had 31,962 votes; Freiman, 30,537; Simon, 28,899 and Caliguire, 28,306. In Hillsborough, Zwicker had 5,734 votes; Freiman, 5,543; Simon, 6,046 and Caligure, 5,954.

Just one minute after polls closed at 8 p.m., two national TV networks – NBC and CNN – projected Phil Murphy as the winner in the Gubernatorial election against of Republican Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, based on exit polls. His winning margin statewide was 56 to 43 percent.

Murphy received 5,714 votes in Hillsborough; Guadagno received 6,109 votes.

Also statewide, voters approved two ballot questions to spend $125 million on new libraries and upgrades and a constitutional amendment which will prevent the diversion of funds dedicated for environmental cleanups to balance the state budget.

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