Plainfield Mayor Wins Narrow Victory

UNION COUNTY — Plainfield Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs won by a narrow margin in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, defeating a field of five opponents that included a city councilman, a school board member and the chairwoman of the municipal utilities authority.

Just four Union County communities had contested primaries, though 17 of 21 held elections. There are no local elections this year in Clark, Elizabeth or Rahway.

Freeholder chairman Alexander Mirabella and Freeholder Deborah Scanlon, along with Democratic party-endorsed candidate Mohamed Jalloh won the Union County Freeholder primary race. In November, they will face Republicans Anthony Sytko, Nicole Cole and Modesto Miranda Jr.

Philip Morin, the head of the county Republican committee, expressed confidence that his trio will break the monopoly that Democrats have on the freeholder board. This year’s 5.3 percent tax increase in the county budget included unnecessary expenditures, Morin said, adding, “every dollar being spent by the government equals a higher tax burden on the population.”

In the two Roselle borough council races, incumbent Democrats Christine Dansereau and Sylvia Turnage both easily won their primaries. In Linden, Democrats Christopher Kolibas and Brian Tomko were unopposed in their city council primaries.

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