NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Republicans Robert Munoz and Michele Matsikoudis are the projected winners in the race for New Providence Borough Council, according to the borough’s unofficial election results, edging out Democrat John Keane. In the unofficial results, Matsikoudis leads with 1,665 votes, while Munoz earned 1,640 and Keane earned 1,178.

The incumbent Munoz has lived in New Providence since 2002 and has been a council member since 2010. He currently chairs the council’s Planning Development and Communications committees, and is a member of several other committees.

Matsikoudis, who moved to New Providence over 20 years ago, has previously served as PTA President at Salt Brook Elementary and New Providence Middle School. She has also been a member of the New Providence Education Foundation, and is currently a member of the borough’s Economic Development Committee and Board of Health.

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Keane congratulated both winners in a statement to TAPinto New Providence. 

“Congratulations to Michelle Matsikoudis and Rob Munoz on their victory last night and thanks to over 40% of the voters who caste [sic] their vote for me,” he said. “As I have done for the past 35 years, I will continue to serve as a volunteer and leader to make New Providence safer, more sustainable and more inclusive. I look forward to working with Michelle, Rob and the rest of the Council on these and other issues.”

At last month’s Candidates Night, both Munoz and Matsikoudis discussed their top priorities for the borough. Munoz said that most residents are concerned about affordable housing and taxes. “You’re already seeing some relief now, and I think you’re going to keep on seeing relief in the future,” he said. “We’re doing our best we can to manage and mitigate any affordable housing that we’ll be building … We’re going to work hard to help New Providence maintain its character.”

Matsikoudis echoed Munoz, saying affordable housing and taxes would be two of her top priorities. “There’s just so many things that I see that I want to either continue or help improve,” she said. “I probably would want to start with lower taxes as well as the affordable housing issue. And the reason for that is because that’s what you’re concerned about.”

Other Races

In the borough’s uncontested Board of Education race, Bernadette Cuccaro earned 1,870 votes while Joseph Walsh earned 1,833. Cuccaro and Walsh ran unopposed to fill two seats.

New Providence voters also cast votes in the following state and county races:

General Assembly (2 seats):

  • Lisa Mandelblatt (Dem) - 1,135 votes
  • Stacey Gunderman (Dem) - 1,127 votes
  • Jon Bramnick (Rep) - 1,514 votes
  • Nancy Munoz (Rep) - 1,515 votes
  • Martin Marks (IC) - 51 votes
  • Harris P Pappas (IC) - 48 votes

Union County Surrogate (1 seat):

  • James S La Corte (Dem) - 1,156 votes
  • Peter B Lijoi (Rep) - 1,421 votes

Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders (3 seats):

  • Bette Jane Kowalski (Dem) - 1,197 votes
  • Sergio Granados (Dem) - 1,114 votes
  • Rebecca L Williams (Dem) - 1,205 votes
  • Peter G Kane (Rep) - 1,484 votes
  • Glenn E Gelband (Rep) - 1,460 votes

A majority of New Providence voters voted yes on Public Question 1, which asked whether the constitution should be amended to give certain veterans’ benefits to residents of continuing care retirement communities. A total of 1,700 voters voted yes, while 481 voted no.

A total of 2,759 borough residents cast votes, out of the borough’s 8,503 registered voters, resulting in 32.45% voter turnout in New Providence.