Few Challengers In Middlesex County Primaries

MIDDLESEX COUNTY – There were few contested local races in Tuesday’s primary election in Middlesex County.

Piscataway Mayor Brian Wahler easily defeated challenger Donald R. Florek in the Democratic primary, 65% – 35%. He will face Republican Deborah A. Izzo in November.

Sayreville Councilman Frank J. Bella lost in the Republican primary, receiving fewer votes than either Councilman Nicholas Perrette or challenger Larry Doyle for the two spots. And in South Brunswick, Councilmembers Charlie Carley and Joe Camarota, and Josephine “Jo” Hochman defeated Debra Johnson and Shilpn Patel in the Democratic primary.

Freeholders H. James Polos and Ronald Rios won an uncontested Democratic primary; they will face Republicans Abrar “Sam” Khan and Roger W. Daley in the fall.

Carteret Councilman Dennis DiMascio and Joseph “Skippy” Sitarz won their uncontested Democratic primary and will face Republican Kenneth Freeman in the general election.

“Every election is about a choice between two visions of the future, and Dennis and I intend to use this campaign to highlight Team Reiman’s. Our vision is one of continued progress in the community,” Sitarz said. “Over the next five months, my running mate and I intend to make the case for a Better Carteret, and we look forward to working with each and every one of you during that process.”

In South Amboy, Democrats Donald Applegate, Christine Noble and Zusetta Dato won uncontested primaries for City Council seats representing the First, Second and Third wards, respectively. No Republicans ran.

The Middlesex County Clerk’s office has posted the full unofficial primary results online.


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