MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Three candidates ran for two seats on the Maplewood Township Committee (TC), with the Democratic ticket of incumbents Greg Lembrich and Nancy Adams easily wining with 46% and 48% of the vote, respectively, according to unofficial results from the Essex County Clerk with 20 of 21 districts reporting results.
The Independent challenger Ileana Castillo got about 6% of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Essex County Clerk. This was Castillo's first time running for TC.
There were no Republican candidates on the ballot.
With 96% of districts reporting, there have been 17,093 votes cast, of which Lembrich received 7,931 votes, Adams 8,151, and Castillo 972. There were 39 write-in votes.
Lembrich and Adams will begin new three-year-terms on the TC on January 1, 2019.
The other members of the TC are Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca, Deputy Mayor Frank McGehee, and Committee Member Dean Dafis.
In the 2017 Maplewood TC election 13,956 votes were cast, including 19 write-in votes. Turnout was significantly higher in this 2018 TC election, with more than 17,000 votes cast, including 39 write-in votes.
Newly elected Committee Members Lembrich and Adams each provided statements as follows:
Statement from Greg Lembrich:
I am grateful to my neighbors in Maplewood for re-electing me to the Township Committee, and I am so proud of them for voting in such overwhelming numbers in a midterm election. It is truly an honor to serve such an active and engaged community. I am excited to continuing to work with Nancy and our colleagues to not only preserve what makes Maplewood such a great community, but strive to continue to evolve and improve. Thanks to all who voted today, to Liz Fritzen and her team for running the election with such professionalism, and to all of those who gave their time to support Nancy and me. I take the trust of this community seriously, and look forward to serving for another 3 years.
Statement from Nancy Adams:
I’m very appreciative to the voters in Maplewood for their support for me to serve them for another 3 years, and I’m excited to continue the work I’ve done over the last three years on the Maplewood Township Council. I would like to continue the move for more environmental improvements on the hyper local level because on the federal level we can’t count on it coming from there. I’d like to see it include more electric and hybrid vehicle charging stations. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Greg and the others on the committee.
Castillo was contacted and did not provide a statement.
Editor's note: As of 11 p.m., Maplewood District 7 was the only district which had not yet reported results. An earlier version of this article was updated to include statements from Lembrich and Adams.