ROSELAND, NJ — In a close primary election in the Borough of Roseland on Tuesday, former Roseland Mayor Michael Pacio, Jr. was victorious in the Republican mayoral race, pulling ahead of opposing candidate Jean Perrotti by 381 votes (57.9 percent) to 277 votes (42.1 percent) out of a total of 658 votes in the Republican race, based on the unofficial results reported by the Essex County Clerk’s Office. Democratic mayoral candidate James Spango received 561 votes, or nearly 99 percent of the 569 total votes in the unopposed Democratic race.

Pacio’s running mates John Derites and Patricia Braga won the council nominations in the primary, with approximately 29 percent and 28 percent of the vote, respectively. Out of a total of 1,244 total votes in the Republican race, the opposing team of Aristotle Popolizio and Jane Raso received nearly 23 percent and 20 percent of the votes, respectively.

Out of 1,083 votes in the Democratic council race, running mates Eileen Fishman and Roger Freda received 583 votes (51.46 percent) and 544 votes (48.01 percent), respectively, and the remaining six votes were write-ins.

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For New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District, which includes Roseland and its neighboring West Essex towns, Mikie Sherrill won the Democratic race by a landslide, receiving more than 80 percent of more than 16,000 total votes. Sherrill has openly endorsed the “Line A” Roseland Democratic Team (which is pictured with her above). Tamara Harris followed Sherrill with approximately 13 percent of the total votes in the Democratic race.

Antony Ghee came out ahead in the Republican race for the 11th Congressional District with approximately 37 percent of nearly 6,000 votes, and was closely followed by Peter De Neufville with approximately 31 percent and Jay Webber with about 30 percent.

According to the Essex County Clerk’s Office, only 11.5 percent of the registered voters in Essex County cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary election.

This report is based on the unofficial results published by the Essex County Clerk’s Office as of 1 a.m. on Wednesday morning. More information will be provided as it becomes available. 

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