Perth Amboy heads for runoff

Mayor Wilda Diaz, Councilman Helmin Caba and attorney Joseph B. Vas are locked in a close count for two slots in a December 15 runoff election that will determine who leads Perth Amboy for the next four years.

For now, the race remains too close to call, with preliminary results showing incumbent Diaz in first place with 3,713 votes (33.15%), followed by Caba at 3,292 (29.4%) and Vas at 2,810 (25.7%) after the latest vote tallies were released on Sunday.

There are still around 5,000 uncounted votes, including provisional ballots and some unknown number that have been rejected by election officials.

Ballots postmarked on or before November 3 will be accepted until November 10.

Diaz has been mayor since 2008, and her weak position reflects a strong desire for change among voters.

Councilmen Joel Pabon, Sr. with 727 and Fernando Irizarry with 634 did not receive enough support to qualify for the runoff, which is required if no contender earn 50 percent of the vote.

Unofficial results for the 2020 General Election representing ballots received and processed by the Middlesex County Board of Elections as of 8:43pm on November 8, 2020.

Those partial and unofficial results will continue to be updated as mail-in ballots are received through November 10, and provisional ballots are tabulated after November 11.

So far, 11,199 ballots have been tallied out of those cast. The city had more than 27,000 registered voters but that includes individuals who have moved or died without being delisted.

Six council candidates are also waiting on final counts to reveal which four of them will have a chance to get in the runoff, which was necessitated by voters who approved a referendum last year.

Bernadette Falcon-Lopez and Junior Iglesia, who are allied with Diaz, Caba running mates Rose Morales and BJ Torres, plus Team Vas contenders Vanessa Bermudez and Angel Mota Ramirez are within 800 votes of one another.

Only 65 ballots separate the fourth place council candidate from the fifth.

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