SUMMIT, NJ - Like a dice cup in a game of Scrabble, the traditional composition of the Summit Common Council has been tipped upside down, and the word that is spelled out is D-E-M-O-C-R-A-T. Marjorie Fox, Beth Little and Matt Gould, all Democrats, each won their contested races against Republican opposition, giving the the Democrats a clean sweep and control of the Council for the first time in history.
Once sworn in, the three Council Members-elect will -- along with sitting Councilman David Naidu -- give the Democrats a 4-3 majority. Currently, the Council is comprised of five Republicans and two Democrats.
In the At-Large race, Little earned 61 percent of the vote to David Dietze's 39 percent (3,739 - 2,408 votes). In Ward 1, Matt Gould bested John Dougherty 59 percent to 41 percent (1,705 - 1,196), while in Ward 2, Marjorie Fox emerged victorious over Mike Wattick 55 percent to 45 percent (1,765 - 1,446).
The Democratic momentum carried over to state races as well, with Democrats leading in Summit totals for Governor, Union County Board of Chosen Freeholder, State Senator, State General Assembly, and Union County Sheriff.