SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Republican Council Candidates Melanie Mott and Peter Smith were all smiles as Mott and Smith were elected to serve on the South Plainfield Borough Council. Mott, the high vote getter, garnered 2,798 and Smith garnered 2,750. Democratic Candidate Sandy Doyon received 2,101 votes while incumbent Jon Dean received 2,047.

Mayor Anesh congratulated council persons elect Melanie Mott and Pete Smith on their win. “Melanie and Pete are going to be great additions to the Borough Council,” said Anesh. “I know they will hit the ground running and I want to thank Councilman Dean for his service on the Borough Council as well as Gary Vesce who decided not to seek reelection this year.”

Melanie Mott, a newcomer to politics thanked all the residents who voted and put their faith in her and her running mate, Pete Smith. “Without every single one of you voting and encouraging us, we couldn’t have done this and for that, we truly appreciate you,” said Mott. “It is a great privilege to serve our community, and we promise to always work hard on the residents’ behalf so that South Plainfield continues to be a great place for all of us.  Thank you, South Plainfield!”

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Mott’s running mate, Pete Smith echoed his running mate’s comment thanking the residents and all who helped make a successful campaign. “The Republican team is a great team,” said Smith. “Who would have thought a guy with the name of Smith in the town of South Plainfield would win,” joked Smith. “The residents have spoken, we are the right voice for residents, and Melanie and I will listen and continue to make South Plainfield a great place to live and raise your family.”

Councilman Jon Dean stated, “it was a pleasure to serve South Plainfield.” Dean served one term on council. “Congratulations to the Republican candidates,” said Councilman Jon Dean. “I really enjoyed working with the Mayor and Council. The best part of being elected is we are finally getting a new pool.”

Dean’s running mate, Sandy Doyon congratulated Melanie and Pete on their win. “Jon and I will continue to work for the residents of South Plainfield. It is a great community,” said Doyon.

Dean also added, “My intentions were to always do what’s best for our Borough, it was a pleasure while it lasted.”

Councilman Robert Bengivenga, who threw his hat into the assembly race for the 18th District thanked everyone who voted for him. “While I didn’t win the 18th District, I am extremely humbled for the overwhelming support of my hometown,” said Bengivenga. “I look forward to continuing to serve on the borough council.”

The nail biter of the evening was the School Board elections. Incumbent Tom Cassio received 2,441 votes while the remaining four candidates were separated by only 29 votes. Unofficially, incumbent Debbie Boyle won another term receiving 1,720 votes and Bill Seesselberg received 1,718. Candidates Ernie “Jim” Giannakis and Chere Glover received 1,696 and 1,691 respectively. Provisional votes have not been tallied and could impact the final vote totals. (Certified totals from the County Clerk should be available by Monday)

Cassio, the top vote getter thanked the residents for the overwhelming support in the election. “I look forward to continuing to help move our South Plainfield School District in the right direction,” said Cassio.

Bill Seesselberg is looking forward to returning to the board and taking part in the growth of the district. “Working as a team with our administrators and staff will result in a great future for our students, “said Seesselberg. “I am ready to contribute wherever I can.”

Debbie Boyle who was reelected to the Board of Education, did not provide a comment as of press time.