Bollwage Overwhelmingly Wins Elizabeth Mayoral Primary

UNION COUNTY – Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage defeated his opponent, former city planning director Oscar Ocasio, by a 3-to-1 margin in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

Bollwage received 7,279 votes to Ocasio’s 2,556, according to the unofficial results.

The mayor’s running mates, Councilmembers Manny Grova Jr., Frank Cuesta and Patricia Perkins-Auguste, also overwhelmingly outpolled their opposition, Councilman Frank Mazza and Josue Anacius. According to the unofficial count, Cuesta had 6,547 votes, Grova 6,541, Perkins-Auguste 6,321, Mazza 2,341 and Anacius 2,106.

Tuesday’s primary was for the three at-large seats on the City Council, which are chosen by a city-wide vote. Grova and Mazza currently serve representing Elizabeth’s First and Sixth Wards, respectively. No Republicans ran in the primary for the Elizabeth city offices.

City Council seats representing each of Rahway’s six wards are on the ballot this year, and the organization-backed candidates defeated a slate running under the “Democrats for Change” slogan in Tuesday’s primary.

In the First Ward, Rodney Farrar received 267 votes to Miriam Lugo’s 46. Wilbert Kirby, who used the “It Is Time For A Change” slogan, received 14 votes.

In the Second Ward, Councilman Michael Cox received 88 votes to Scott Chaffee’s 35. Robert C. Bresenhan, Jr. received 193 votes in the Third Ward primary to Joseph J. Velotti’s 94.

Fourth Ward Councilman David Brown won 337 votes to former mayoral candidate Renee Bridges Thrash’s 156. In the Fifth Ward, Councilwoman Jennifer Maier received 232 votes to Robert Huntley’s 63. Finally, in the Sixth Ward, Councilman Samson Steinman won 200 votes to Justin Fuson’s 94.

The Republican slate is Lawrence Bodine in the First Ward, Joseph Mikajlo in the Second Ward, Jeffrey Spatola in the Third Ward, Betty Ortiz in the Fourth Ward, James Barwick in the Fifth Ward and John Koenig in the Sixth Ward. None of the GOP candidates faced a primary challenge.

Roselle also has contested races for three Borough Council seats in the Democratic Primary. Councilwoman Christine Dansereau, who is running on the party line for a Council-At-Large seat, defeated Eddie Rios Jr., running with the slogan “Democrats for the people!,” 1,552 votes to 594. Republican Roger Stryeski was unchallenged.

In the Second Ward, organization candidate Ronald Hayman won 288 votes to Councilwoman Sylvia Turnage’s 238 in the Democratic primary. Erick Cedano, who ran under the slogan “Leadership With Integrity For Roselle,” took 109 votes.

In the Fifth Ward, Councilman Roy Locke defeated Rosemarie Bullock, who ran under the “Energy and Integrity” slogan, 360 votes to 145. No Republicans filed to run in either of the ward races.

In Linden, First Ward Councilman Christopher Kolibas received 247 votes to school board member Lisa Ormon’s 223 votes in the Democratic Primary, according to unofficial tallies.

Christopher Cherubino was unopposed in the Ninth Ward Democratic primary. No Republicans ran for either city office.

Scotch Plains Mayor Mary DePaola defeated challenger Nancy Malool 516 votes to 159 in the Republican Primary. She will face Democrate Kevin Glover in November.

In Plainfield, Tracey Brown defeated Veronica Taylor in the Democratic Council-At-Large primary. William F. Amirault won the uncontested Republican primary.

Incumbent Adrian Mapp prevailed over Rasheed Abdul-Haqq in Plainfield’s Third Ward Council Democratic Primary, while Randy Bullock won uncontested in the GOP primary.

Clark Mayor Sal Bonaccorso won an uncontested Republican primary. He will face Democrat Richard Kazanowksi in November.

Margaret Bandrowski and David Barnett outpolled Bart Fraenkel in the Democratic primary for Springfield’s Township Committee. Incumbents Jerome “Jerry” Fernandez and Marc Krauss were unopposed in the GOP primary.

In Union, Christopher Hackett and Robert T. Deckert Jr. defeated Jodi L. Ombaldo and Carol Segal in the Republican primary for Township Committee. They will face incumbents Anthony L. Terrezza Jr. and Manuel T. Figueiredo, who were unchallenged in the Democratic primary, this fall.

The full unofficial results are available on the Union County Clerk’s website.

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