SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- More than two weeks after Election Day, Scotch Plains officially has a winner in the races for Mayor and Council. On Wednesday, Nov. 18, Mayor Al Smith and Councilman Ted Spera conceded the election, while Deputy Mayor Josh Losardo and Councilwoman-elect Ellen Zimmerman claimed victory.

After Mayor Smith announced his concession, Scotch Plains Mayor-elect Joshua G. Losardo shared the following statement with TAPintoSPF:

Allow me to express my sincerest appreciation to the voters of Scotch Plains who have elected me as Mayor. I am humbled by your trust in me, and am eager to take on this heightened role to serve our Township.

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I would also like to congratulate Councilwoman-elect Ellen Zimmerman on her victory. She will be a tremendous asset to the Township Council, as we tackle some difficult issues in the upcoming year. During the campaign, we established a number of priorities of our incoming Administration, and I will be calling upon residents from all parts of Scotch Plains to help turn our plans into reality.

I would also like to express my appreciation to Mayor Al Smith. Over the past year, I have watched him closely and have remained impressed by his service to Scotch Plains. It is my intention to win over many of the mayor’s supporters, as my concern is serving all residents – if you voted for me or not.

In the coming days and weeks, you will be hearing more from our team, as we undergo this transition. We will be seeking volunteers to serve on boards and commissions, as we open up municipal government to all who share our eagerness to maximize the potential of this town that we all love.

Thank you, to everyone. Now, it is time to get to work.

Meanwhile, Mayor Smith told TAPinto that he has received well wishes in person, by phone, and via social media throughout the day.

I am overwhelmed with the outpouring of kinds words, gratitude and recognition of the accomplishments that I led as mayor over the last four years. I look forward to seeing Mayor-elect Losardo and his all-Democratic team fulfill the opportunities, including downtown development, that I have worked hard to accomplish. 

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The governing body, as it is currently configured, will meet one last time in 2020 on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building.

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