MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Incumbent Republican council members Rachel Pater and Robert Messler were reelected during Nov. 6 elections. They were opposed by Democrat Candidates Anjali Mehrotra and Ileana Montes.
The election campaign was marred by the recent Police Department scandal and the lawsuit that followed, at the taxpayers’ expense.
Pater, who was appointed to serve the remainder of Councilwoman Wendy Fech-Caccamo’s term in September, received the most votes at 1,622, followed by Messler with 1,599 votes. Montes received 1,378 and Mehrotra 1,316 votes. The unofficial polling place tally does not include mail-in or provisional ballots.
As for the Board of Education, Candice Schiano was the only name on the ballot receiving 1,179 votes, with the second seat unofficially won by write-in candidate Jordan Hyman who received 324 votes. Incumbent write-in candidate Kate Motz received 176 votes.
A total of 57.6 percent of the registered borough voters casted their ballots on Election Day.