MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Democrats carried the night on Election Day in Middlesex County.
Freeholder Director David B Crabiel of Milltown led his party’s ticket to victory in the freeholder races. The Democrats easily defeated their GOP challengers. Millie Scott, a former Piscataway councilwoman, won the seat the Freeholder Camille Fernicola is leaving at the end of the year.
Former Carteret Council President Ronald Rios defeated his Republican opponent for the final year of former Freeholder John Pulomena’s term. Pulomena stepped down earlier this year to become county administrator.
With their victories, Democrats maintain total control of the freeholder board. The party enjoys a 2-1 registration advantage county-wide over the Republicans. Democrats won the East Brunswick mayoral race and regained control of the councils in South Plainfield and South River.
Carteret voters overwhelmingly re-elected Randy Krum, Susan Naples and Iris Colon by a 3-to-1 margin, continuing the Democrats’ dominance of local politics and ensuring the progress of the Mayor Daniel Reiman’s administration’s agenda to build a better Carteret.
With a voter turnout over 61 percent, Krum, and Naples carried all 19 voting districts and were elected to a third term. They were first elected to the Boro Council in 2002. Colon, who was appointed to the borough council earlier this year, won election to the final year of Rios’ term.
Reiman and Carteret Democrats were jubilant on Election Night as they celebrated at Democratic Headquarters as the election results came in. Surrounded by hundreds of residents and supporters Krum, Naples and Colon thanked the voters for their support and show of confidence.
The candidates pledged to continue the progress being made in the borough by working with Reiman and their colleagues on the council.
Democrats retained all three council seats on the ballot in South Amboy. Russell Stillwagon and John F. O’Connell, a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force currently serving in Iraq, ran unopposed in the city’s First and Third wards.
Mark Noble bested GOP challenger David J. Longenhagen Jr. to represent the Second Ward, 598 votes to 298.
Democrats and Republicans split the council races in Sayreville and Metuchen.
Republican Ken Kelly and Democrat Lisa Eicher defeated Democrat George Gonzalez and Republican Ron Green for two seats on Sayreville’s Borough Council that are now held by a pair of Democrats who are stepping down at the end of the year.
Kelly was the top vote-getter, with 7,625. Eicher received 7,456 votes and edged out Gonzalez by just 34 votes to win the second seat. Green lagged behind with 7,229 votes.
The Sayreville race drew a record turnout of 68 percent of the voters and was seen by many as a contest between long-time political rivals Republican Mayor Kennedy O’Brien and Assemblyman John Wisniewski, the chairman of the local Democratic Party. Both parties hoped to gain control of the borough council. The Democrats currently hold a 4-2 majority, but the split will be even in January when the newly elected council members are sworn in.
In Metuchen, Democrat Peter Cammarano and Republican Justin H. Manley won seats on the Borough Council. Cammarano was the top vote-getter, with 3,869. Manley received 3,434, and incumbent Democrat Tim Dacey trailed with 3,336.
In both Sayreville and Metuchen, Democrats Barack Obama, Frank Pallone and the county freeholders easily won.
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