Republicans Sweep Westfield Town Council Election

Frank Arena (Ward 1), Jo Ann Neylan (Ward 2), Mark LoGrippo (Ward 3) and Doug Stokes (Ward 4) celebrate their election to Westfield Town Council. Credits: Jackie Lieberman

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield voters have determined that their town council will remain 100 percent Republican in 2016. Republicans Frank Arena (Ward 1), Jo Ann Neylan (Ward 2), Mark LoGrippo (Ward 3) and Doug Stokes (Ward 4) celebrated their election Tuesday night with supporters at the James Ward Mansion in Downtown Westfield.

All were running for re-election except Stokes, who will step in for Councilman James Foerst when he leaves in January.

“I am really excited to represent the fourth ward and all Westfielders on town council. I am humbled by the support I have received from neighbors, friends and my family,” Stokes said. He added, “Take pride in Westfield. Let’s keep it a great place.”

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Neylan ran unopposed.

“I am humbled and honored to serve the people of the second ward once again and to serve with the great people that were elected tonight,” Neylan commented.

Frank Arena, whose run against Democrat Dan Ortolani became especially heated this weekend over stolen signs, told TAP into Westfield, “I’m very happy to serve again and I’m so pleased that the people of Westfield have put their trust in me to serve for four more years.”

Mark LoGrippo said he was happy to represent the residents of the third ward for a second term.

"Thank you for all the love, friendship and support to all the residents of the third ward," he said.

LoGrippo’s opponent, Democrat Marty Rothfelder, called running a "great experience."

“I think our campaigns will lead to better government in Westfield,” he said.

Janice Siegel, chair of the Westfield Democratic Committee, agreed that the Democrats’ campaigns made a positive impact on the community.

“Westfield Democrats are proud of the campaign that we ran. We think that we brought to the attention of the town the very, very significant threat to our way of life because of the condition of the tunnels between New Jersey and New York,” Siegel said.

Other important issues that Democrats brought up during the campaign included safety in the streets and the importance of social media, she said.

“I don’t even think that they thought social media was an issue, and we made it an issue,” Siegel said.

According to the unofficial election results, not including mail-in ballots 21 percent of those registered to vote in Westfield went to the polls Tuesday. To see the number of votes candidates received, click here.

Election results are unofficial until certification.

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