CALDWELL, NJ — According to the unofficial election results provided by the Essex County Clerk’s Office, Jeffrey Gates and Frances DePalma-Iozzi have been selected to fill the two open seats on the Caldwell Borough Council.

The unofficial results determined that Gates and DePalma-Iozzi pulled ahead of challengers Pasquale Capozzoli and Sue Ann Penna with each of them earning more than 30 percent of the votes. Capozzoli and Penna tallied nearly 20 percent each in comparison.

As the final tallies came in, Gates said he is humbled and excited that the people of Caldwell have faith in him to represent them and the Borough of Caldwell.

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In a statement provided the week prior to the election, Gates said that the most important issue Caldwell currently faces is the aging and neglected infrastructure. The sanitary sewer system hasn’t had upgrades since the 1960’s, the storm water management needs to be addressed, the municipal building has a multitude of issues, and the parking deck problems are well documented, he said. Click HERE to learn more about Gates. 

DePalma-Iozzi's, a 48-year resident of Caldwell, said she has "lived here most of [her] life and love[s] this community.”

“Over recent months, I have talked to my fellow citizens about their concerns, parking, sewage, water issues and the schools," she said. "I want to work towards practical solutions to longstanding, unaddressed problems with an eye toward sensible and careful use of tax monies...The Kelley administration has creative ideas to improve our community and to foster growth. I want to contribute to this effort."

As of Tuesday at 9:30 p.m., the Essex County Clerk's Office received 230 mail-in ballots from voters in Caldwell. The election results will not be considered official until all mail-in ballots are counted and the final outcome is certified by the state.