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Hudson County Clerk Junior Maldonado. (Photo: Facebook).

Hudson Democrats win re-election to two countywide offices

By Joey Fox and David Wildstein, November 08 2022 8:25 pm

The New Jersey Globe projects that two Hudson County Democrats have won re-election, with County Clerk Junior Maldonado and Sheriff Frank Schillari winning in landsides. They defeated Republicans Beth Hamburger and Hussain Kolani, respectively.

A former Hudson County freeholder and Jersey City councilman, Maldonado was elected county clerk in 2017.

After serving as undersheriff and as a Secaucus police sergeant, Schillari defeated incumbent Juan Perez in 2010 by 26,905 votes, 65%-32%; Perez was dumped by the Hudson County Democratic organization after one term and ran for re-election as a Republican.  He now serves as a Bayonne councilman.

Republicans have not won a countywide election in Hudson County since 1956, when President Dwight Eisenhower carried Hudson by 65,821 votes.  On his coattails, Republicans Joseph Galano, Anthony J. Cilento, John Pettigrew, and Michael Lennon won four freeholder seats;  that left the Democratic boss, John V. Kenny, with a narrow 5-4 majority for the next three years.

That year, Republican Vincent Dellay (R-West New York) was elected to Congress against a Democratic incumbent, and George Brierly was elected Hudson County Coroner.  Another Republican, Jersey City attorney Norman Roth, came within 57 votes of unseating another Democratic incumbent to capture Hudson County’s other congressional seat; Roth’s death in 1988 marked the 32nd year of his insistence that the race was stolen from him.

The GOP elected two district freeholders in 1984, on the coattails of Ronald Reagan’s 54%-45% win in Hudson that year.   Octavio Alfonso defeated Anthony DeVincent, who was also the North Bergen Mayor, and Roger Dorian unseated Steve Cappiello, who was also the Mayor of Hoboken.

Editor’s note: actual election results will change between now and the certification of this election after provisional and late arriving vote-by-mail ballots are counted.

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