MIDDLESEX COUNTY – The slate of freeholder candidates running on the Middlesex County Democratic Organization line handily won a three-way primary. Freeholders Blanquita B. Valenti and Kenneth Armwood, and Woodbridge Councilman Charles Kenny defeated two rival slates.
Valenti received 14,199 votes, Kenny 13,845 and Armwood, 13,322. The next highest vote-getter was Robert J. McCoy with 1,837 votes, according to unofficial results.
McCoy, Miguel A. Morales and Frank Salado, three of the five candidates who ran against Mayor Wilda Diaz last year, ran on the “Democrats United For Perth Amboy” slogan and received most of their scant support from Perth Amboy voters. Within the city, McCoy garnered 991 votes, Morales 964 and Salado 956.
Ryan Spahr of Monmouth Junction and Jaclyn Russomanno of Edison ran on the “Independent Democrat” slogan.
Republicans Roger W. Daley of East Brunswick, Robert Jones of South Plainfield and Jordan B. Rickards of North Brunswick, ran without opposition in the G.O.P. primary.
Edison Republicans chose Gaetano V. Gaspari, who ran on the organization line, to represent them in the mayoral election. He beat out Abrar “Sam” Khan, who ran on the “Republicans for Change” slogan, and Peter Cerrato, who ran on the “Conservative Republican” slogan. Gaspari received 857 votes, Khan 433 and Cerrato 179, according to the unofficial results.
Thomas Lankey was unopposed in the Democratic Primary, but the candidates will face current Mayor Antonia Ricigliano who is running as an independent candidate in the general election. Councilman Sudhanshu Prasad also announced Tuesday that he will enter the mayor’s race as an independent candidate.
Unofficial election results from the Middlesex County Clerk’s Office appear below
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