PISCATAWAY, NJ – The New Jersey Primary Election results have been tallied with candidates on the national, county and local levels turning their efforts toward November’s general election.
Presidential Presumptive Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton defeated Bernie Sanders by a wide margin, taking 61 percent of her party’s votes in the state. Republican nominee Donald Trump picked up 84 percent for his party.
Piscataway Township is part of the 6th Congressional District in Middlesex County, where Democrat Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. will defend his seat in the House of Representatives against Republican nominee Brent Sonnek-Schmelz.
Voters will also have to decide on Freeholders in Middlesex County. For the Democrat party, incumbents Blanquita Valenti, Kenneth Armwood, and Charles Kenny are facing Republican challengers Joseph “Joe” Scillieri, Kathleen “Katie” Calabrese, and Zhiyu “Jimmy” Hu.
In the race for Middlesex County Sheriff, Mildred Scott received 100% of the Democrat votes for re-election as there were no party challengers for the incumbent. However, the Republican Party had two candidates vying to take on Scott in the general election. Voters gave “Peter” Pedro Pisar 83% of the primary election’s votes, making him the contender to go against the Democrats.
On the local level, current Piscataway Mayor, Brian C. Wahler will defend his office as a member of the Democrat party. He will take on Republican challenger, Damon Montesano.
For town council, the Democrats are running unopposed in the general election. Incumbents Gabrielle Cahill and Chanelle Scott-McCullum will join newcomer Kapil Shah on November’s ballot. Shah is vying to fill Camille Fernicola’s seat who is not seeking another term.
No one representing the Republicans filed petitions to run for Council-At-Large seats this election cycle.
Primary election winners will begin campaigning after Labor Day leading up to the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Voter registration deadline for the general election is Tuesday, Oct. 18.
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