HACKENSACK, NJ - With 98 percent of the precincts reporting in, it appears that Hasbrouck Heights Mayor Jack DeLorenzo’s bid to become Bergen County Sheriff will fall short. Democrat Anthony Cureton of Englewood, a former police officer and current president of the Bergen County Chapter of the NAACP, defeated DeLorenzo, capturing 53 percent of the vote.

The special election was required when the former Sheriff, Michael Saudino, was forced to step down after being caught on tape making racist and homophobic comments.   His undersheriffs also resigned as well.

 

 

Vote Count

Percent

DEM - ANTHONY CURETON

151,565

53%

REP - JOHN M. DeLORENZO III

105,781

37%

IND - ROBERT P. TORMO

11,506

4%

IND - ROBERT J. KUGLER

11,849

4%

IND - JAMES M. AHEARN

3,000

1%

Personal Choice

139

0%

Total

283,840

100%

In the other county races of note, Bergen County Executive James Tedesco held his position, defeating Norman Schmeltz, while Democratic State Senator Matt Lagana captured the unexpired term in the 38th District.  Lagana was running for the spot vacated when Bob Gordon stepped down.

 

 

Vote Count

Percent

DEM - JAMES J. TEDESCO III

178,066

62%

REP - NORMAN SCHMELZ

108,240

38%

Personal Choice

88

0%

Total

286,394

100%

     
     

Vote Count

Percent

 

DEM - JOSEPH A. LAGANA

38,803

60%

REP - DAISY ORTIZ BERGER

25,833

40%

Personal Choice

18

0%

Total

64,654

100%