ROSELLE, NJ — Both candidates running for the 3rd Ward Council seat made a final push for votes outside their district polling place at Abraham Clark High School on Tuesday.

Incumbent Cynthia Johnson is facing Yvan Duchiene in the Democratic primary. The winner of this primary will be uncontested in November’s general election. 

The candidates and their teams stood one hundred feet away from the entrance, handing out campaign literature and giving their last minute pitch to voters. They both seemed to be very optimistic about their chances to win the election.

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“I feel very confident because the residents came out,” said Johnson.

“I think I have an extraordinary chance of winning, but the voters have the last word,” Ducheine said.

These primary elections are unlike any other and these candidates had to adapt their campaign strategies for the COVID-19 era.

Johnson emphasized her experience on borough council and vowed to continue the work she began in her first term. She is also running on Line B with the support of the Union County Democratic Party, and made sure voters knew that she is on the same line as former Vice President Joe Biden and current United States Senator Corey Booker.

Ducheine, however, has the support of former Mayor Dansereau and the rest of the borough council. He chose to highlight the work he has done in the community with the Neighborhood Preservation Program and as Vice-Chair of the Roselle Planning Board. Ducheine also pointed to his experience as a doctor as proof that he can help navigate the 3rd Ward through the COVID-19 pandemic.