SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Although Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi has until Friday, Nov. 20, to certify the 2020 election votes in the county, the results of Scotch Plains municipal elections are no longer in question. On Thursday afternoon, Mayor Al Smith (R) announced on Facebook that he and running mate Ted Spera had conceded their races to Deputy Mayor Josh Losardo (D) and his running mate, Ellen Zimmerman.
On Election Night (Tuesday, Nov. 3), Losardo (D) led Smith (R) by nearly 1,300 votes, but as the votes continued to be counted by the County Clerk's office, the lead began to narrow. Losardo initially led 4,856 to 3,582 (58% to 42%). As of today, his vote count was 7,620 (51.6%) to Mayor Smith's 7,134 (48.3%). Smith had counted on a late surge by Republican leaning voters, but his rebound was not enough to overtake Losardo.
We would like to congratulate Mayor-elect Josh Losardo and Councilwoman-elect Ellen Zimmerman on their victory in the November 3, 2020 election. We look forward to working with them in transitioning to the new council. We would again like to thank all of those who supported us in the election.
Mayor Al Smith
Councilman Ted Spera
Zimmerman had a substantial lead on election night that held throughout the counting. She finished with 8,044 votes (54.8%) to Ted Spera's 6,616 (45%).
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