ESSEX COUNTY AREA, NJ — Leonard Luciano, a 1999 Livingston High School graduate and current West Caldwell resident, earned nearly 64 percent of the public’s vote to maintain his seat on the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, representing District 4.

Pulling ahead of Republican challenger Adam Kraemer, Luciano tallied 21,871 votes compared to Kraemer’s 12,523 votes in Tuesday’s election, according to the unofficial results provided by the Essex County Clerk’s Office. Luciano’s election will allow him to continue to represent District 4 municipalities, which include Caldwell, West Caldwell, North Caldwell, Fairfield, Essex Fells, Verona, Cedar Grove, Roseland, Livingston, West Orange and Millburn.

“We had an unprecedented night in the West Essex, West Orange and Livingston areas,” said Luciano, who had not been expecting such a Democratic-dominant outcome in the area. “This was really amazing. I want to thank all my constituents and the voters of the West Essex area for their vote of confidence to return me to office for another three years and a third term.”

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He also said he looks forward to working more closely with Kraemer, who congratulated Luciano on his victory.

“I told [Kraemer] how proud I was that he brought a lot of issues to the table and he and I are going to sit down and discuss how we can work together for the entire Essex County District 4,” said Luciano.

Luciano concluded by extending his congratulations to those who have been elected to local offices, including Michelle Tolli, who was reelected to the Roseland Borough Council; newly elected Roseland councilman Christopher Bardi; and newly elected Caldwell councilmen Jonathan Lace and Henderson Cole.