ROXBURY, NJ – The Roxbury Mayor and Council will lose its sole Democrat in January when Roxbury Councilman Dan Kline will be replaced by Republican Thomas Carey, who beat the incumbent in Tuesday’s election.
Carey, a member of the Roxbury Planning Board, defeated Kline 866-751 in the race for the Ward 4, 4-year-long seat on the 7-member council, according to unofficial results provided by the county. Republican incumbent council members Jaki Albrecht, Richard Zoschak and Fred Hall also won re-election to serve for four more years.
Albrecht defeated her Democrat challenger, Jill Sydor, by a vote of 662-448. Zoschak beat his Democrat challenger, Keith Griffin, by a vote of 583-489. Hall beat his Democrat challenger Brian Considine by a vote of 823-493.
New Face on the Board of Ed
Also elected on Tuesday, in uncontested races for Roxbury Board of Education, were incumbent board members Carol Scheneck and Dan Masi as well as newcomer Michelle Danielson, who will be replacing board member Richard Alexander.
“I’m happy and looking forward to working with the other board members and just bringing more cohesiveness to the board,” she said. “One of my goals is to have the public more aware of the role of the board of ed. I think a lot of people misunderstand what their role is.”
A GOP Wave
Carey - unhappy with a TAPinto Roxbury story that ran earlier in the day (about allegations he was electioneering at a polling site) - at first declined commenting about his victory. He eventually offered a terse remark in which he thanked those in his neighborhood and ward who voted for him.
Kline said he and his running-mates campaigned hard in a town that is predominantly Republican, gathering more votes for Democrats than ever before. However, he suggested the trio faced a strong head-wind of local dissatisfaction with the behavior of Democrats at the state and national level.
“We just got caught up in a red wave that swept Morris County,” he said. He pointed out he received about 200 more votes on Tuesday than he did when he first won election in 2015, defeating incumbent Roxbury Councilman Martin Schmidt, a Republican.
“We went more door-to-door than ever,” Kline said, discussing the Democrats’ campaign technique. “That was our primary emphasis as always. But it’s a tough town to be in the non-controlling party. I appreciate everybody who came out and participated in the democratic process and gave us a fighting chance.”
Roxbury In the Veins
Hall said he was relieved the campaigning and election was over and said he was “grateful for the support from the people of Roxbury.”
Albrecht, smiled broadly while discussing her victory. “I’m just very happy that Roxbury put their faith and confidence in me to lead them for the next four years to keep us fiscally sound, get some more roads paved and get sidewalks worked," she said. "Like my son said, I have Roxbury running through my veins and I just try to do anything I can for this town that I love so much.”
On the county front, Morris County Freeholder Heather Darling, a Roxbury resident, won her bid to become Morris County Surrogate, defeating Democrat Michael Thompson 59,560 to 46,589, according to the county.
Another Roxbury resident, Morris County Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo won re-election along with fellow GOP freeholders Douglas Cabana (who serves as Roxbury Municipal Prosecutor) and Thomas Mastrangelo.
State Assemblyman Anthony Bucco (R-25th Dist.) won re-election to a seat he is relinquishing because he's been chosen to fill the state Senate seat of his father, who recently died. Bucco serves as Roxbury's township counsel.
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