SUMMIT, NJ - In what amounted to a victory lap for each of the five local Summit candidates -- each of whom ran unchallenged -- Hilltop City voters reelected Mayor Nora Radest and Council Members Steve Bowman (Ward 2) and Beth Little (at-Large), while electing Danny O'Sullivan (Ward 1) and Susan Hairston (Ward 1) to the governing body.

Hairston will serve out the remaining year in Matthew Gould's term. Gould passed away unexpectedly on August 13, and his wife Stephanie was sworn in on September 3 to serve through the General Election. All the victorious candidates, except Hairston, will be sworn in when the Summit Common Council holds it annual reorganization meeting next January. Hairston will be sworn in at upcoming Summit Common Council meeting on November 18.

While the exact causes are not known, circumstances associated with the 2019 election -- every local office up for election offered but one candidate -- likely had a significant effect on voter turn-out, which was a historically low 24%. The average voter turn-out over the past four previous General Elections was 53.5%.

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Local candidates garnered the following vote totals, according to unofficial, key entry results:

Nora Radest - D (Mayor) -- 2,569

Beth Little - D (Common Council, at-Large) -- 2,498

Steve Bowman - R (Common Council, Ward 2) -- 1,089

Susan Hairston - D (Common Council, Ward 1) -- 1,190

Danny O'Sullivan - D (Common Council, Ward 1) -- 1,203

In other races:

State Assembly

Lisa Mandelblatt - D -- 2,056

Stacey Gunderman - D -- 2,008

Nancy Muñoz - 1,730

Jon Bramnick - 1,717

Union County Freeholders

Rebecca Williams - D -- 2,211

Betty Jane Kowalski - D -- 2,021

Sergio Granados- D -- 1,974

Peter Kane - R -- 1,746

Glenn Gelband - R -- 1,719

Union County Surrogate

James La Corte - D -- 2,036

Peter Lijoi - R -- 1,695