Editor’s Note: This story will be updated throughout the evening.
SOMERVILLE, NJ - With candidates from both parties running unopposed for Mayor and Borough Council in Tuesday’s New Jersey Primary, there was little drama locally, but across New Jersey, both parties were focused on the Senate and House primaries.
Mayor: Ellen Brian, R, 300 votes; Dennis Sullivan, D, 678 votes
Somerville Borough Council: Incumbents Tom Mitchell, D, 646 votes; RandD Pitts, D, 661 votes; challengers Jason Kraska, R, 314 votes; Hank Werner, R, 306 votes.
In November, Brain and Sullivan will face off in the Somerville mayoral election, with Kraska, a former council member and current Planning Board member and Werner, a Bernards Township police officer, opposing incumbents Mitchell and Pitts, who was appointed to fill an unexpired three-year term in January.
Unofficial election results provided by Somerville Borough Administrator Kevin Sluka do not include the absentees, provisional or hand counted votes for all candidates:
Across New Jersey there was no shortage of drama, with an incumbent senator fighting hard to hold on to his seat and well-financed Democratic campaigns gearing up for a bigger battle in November; the national Democratic Party has targeted New Jersey in an effort to flip districts currently represented by Republicans and ultimately take control of the House of Representatives.
U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, acquitted of corruption charges in a high-profile trial earlier this year, faced a stiff challenge from Lisa A. McCormick
In Somerville, McCormick topped Menendez, receiving 358 votes while Menendez received 335.
With seven percent of the vote counted in Somerset County at 9:40 p.m., Menendez held a narrow lead, 715-699.
In the Republican Senate Primary vote, Bob Hugin received 261 votes in Somerville while Brian D. Goldberg received 53 votes.
Closer to home in the Seventh Congressional District, which includes Somerville, incumbent Leonard Lance, who has served in the House since 2009, faced challenges from Raafat Barsoom and Lindsay Brown. Lance is one of five Republican congressman targeted by the Democrats.
In Somerville, Lance received 239 votes; Barsoom, 34 votes and Brown, 30 votes.
Tom Malinowski, a former Assistant Secretary of State in the Obama Administration and a member of the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration, was favored to win over two other Democrats to challenge Lance in November.
In Somerville, Malinowski received 446 votes; Peter Jacob, who ran against Lance and lost two years ago, received 144 votes and attorney Goutam Jois received 93 votes.
Republican incumbent Somerset County Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione received 300 votes and running mate Mark Caligurie received 290 votes.
Democratic Freeholder candidate Shanel Robinson received 640 votes and running mate Sara Sooy received 629 votes.
A total of 1,060 votes were cast by voters in both parties; there are 7,048 registered voters in Somerville – 2,601 Democrats and 1,594 Republicans.