WESTFIELD, NJ — Eight candidates will compete for the four open seats on the Town Council next November, following the results of Tuesday’s primary.

Results provided by the Town Clerk’s office Wednesday show 6% of the 23,554 registered voters turned out at the polls, casting votes in the uncontested council race. While the results do not include mail-in ballots or provisional ballots, which are still being counted, the die was cast in the local race before the votes were tallied.

However, with a contested Democratic primary that put incumbent freeholder incumbent candidates Bette Jane Kowalski, Sergio Granados and Rebecca Williams on the November ballot, Democratic voters turned out in stronger numbers for the primary.

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  • In the 1st Ward, 374 Democrats cast votes for James Boyes and 158 Republicans voted for Robert Benacchio.
  • In the 2nd Ward, 227 Democrats cast votes for Mark Pamelee and 121 Republicans cast votes for Richard Bodmer.
  • In the 3rd Ward, 277 Democrats cast votes for Jennifer Gilman and 133 Republicans cast votes for Mark LoGrippo.
  • In the 4th Ward, 310 Democrats cast votes for Scott Katz and 139 Republicans cast votes for Doug Stokes.

In the contested Democratic freeholder primary, Westfield voters kept with the majority of Union County voters.

At the polls in Westfield, Williams secured 660 votes, Kowalksi secured 655 votes and Granados garnered 589 votes. The three Democrats will face Republicans Peter Kane and Glenn Gelband in the November election.

Email Staff Writer Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net; Follow him on Twitter: @MattKadosh