SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Although the election results are currently unofficial, but as of 11:17 p.m. Scotch Plains Deputy Mayor Josh Losardo (D) is leading Mayor Al Smith (R) by nearly 1,300 votes. Losardo led 4,856 to 3,582 (58% to 42%). In the last election, roughly 12,000 votes were counted. Thus far, 8,446 votes have been counted, which means there may be 4,000 or more votes still uncounted.
Losardo is cautiously optimistic.
"I'm hopeful the remaining votes put me over the top and send a message that this town wants to grow responsibly," Losardo told TAPintoSPF.
Mayor Smith was not ready to concede on Tuesday evening.
"We are not conceding anything until all the votes are in. The early numbers were Democratic, and we believe there are still lots of votes still not accounted for," Mayor Smith said.
Newcomer Ellen Zimmerman (D) appears to have handily out-polled Councilman Ted Spera (R). With 8,388 votes counted, Zimmerman had a lead of almost 1,900 votes (5,125 to 3,254) in unofficial results posted by the Union County Clerk's Office.
In Fanwood, Democratic incumbents ran unopposed, meaning that Councilmen Jeff Banks and Anthony "Coach" Carter were reelected to their second full terms.
Jeffrey Banks (D) 2,042
Anthony "Coach" Carter (D) 2,038
"I'm just honored to serve the community. I listen to the voice of the community," Carter told TAPintoSPF. "You serve the masses but you also respect and serve those who may not have voted to you. I'm here to serve everyone."
There were no surprises in the voting for the Union County Freeholders. Christopher Hudak (81,570 votes), Angela Garretson (81,764), and Lourdes Leon (80,553) coasted to victory over Joe Sarno (34,149), Mark Shore (34,420), and Paul Verzosa (34,079).
In the contest for Sheriff, Democrat Peter Corvelli won 72% of the vote to Republican Dorothy Burger's 28%. Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi won 75% of the vote, while Republican Peter Lijoi won 25% of the ballots cast.
Top of the Ticket
In Union County, at the top of the ticket, Joe Biden received 88,960 votes (72.48%), while President Trump received 32,411 votes (26.41%). Senator Cory Booker (72%) soundly defeated Republican challenger Rik Mehta (27%) in the County. In the 12th Congressional District, which covers most of Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Bonnie Watson Coleman won 78.5% of the vote, while Republican challenger Mark Razzoli won 20.5% of the vote. In the 7th Congressional District, which includes the portion of Scotch Plains above Route 22, incumbent Tom Malinowski won 61.6% of the vote, while Tom Kean, Jr. tallied 38.3%.
TAPintoSPF will continue to monitor election results until they are declared official by the Union County Clerk's Office.
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