SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Democrats celebrated the certification of their victory in the Nov. 3 election on Saturday at the Jerseyland Community Center.
Many Union County Democratic leaders attended the celebration, including State Senator Nick Scutari, the county chair of the party, newly elected Freeholders Angela Gerretson and Lourdes Leon, Assemblywoman Linda Carter, and Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi. But the evening belonged to Mayor-elect Josh Losardo and Councilwoman-elect Ellen Zimmerman, whose 8,070 votes set a record for a local candidate in Scotch Plains.
"I’m very excited about this new venture," Zimmerman said. "When we campaigned, I kept telling Josh, 'This is something for our post-Nov. 3rd list. Wow, it’s long! We've got work to do."
Losardo thanked his supporters and took the opportunity to gently rib County Clerk Rajoppi about how long it took to certify the election results.
"We would have liked to have had this party sooner. They counted 5 million votes in Georgia faster that Union County did," he joked.
"My job was to send them out, not to count them," responded Rajoppi, who was reelected with more votes than any other New Jersey official and just a few votes behind President-elect Biden's total in the County.
Rajoppi told TAPintoSPF that her office counts machine voted, and the Union County Board of Elections, a separate office, was responsible for counting mail-in ballots.
"We have a great team here, and a great chairman in John Del Sordi. I felt great about your chances from the beginning," Scutari , the Union County Democratic Chair, told Losardo. "You beat a tough opponent, an incumbent who was bipartisan and a likable guy."