All nine freeholders backed by the Hudson County Democratic Organization are maintaining leads over a slate of progressive challengers after more than 5,000 additional vote-by-mail ballots were counted today.
The closest race is in the 4th district, where Yraida Aponte-Lipski leads Eleana Little by 676 votes, 58%-42% in a district that includes Downtown Jersey City. Aponte-Lipski is seeking to replace Joel Torres, who was dropped by county Democratic leaders earlier this year.
Incumbent Anthony “Stick” Romano has a strong lead over Ronald Bautista in the Hoboken-based 5th district. Romano is up 1,499 votes, 64%-36%.
Two other freeholder seats, where candidates are allied with Union City Mayor Brian Stack and North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco, annihilated their opponents.
In the 6th district, which includes Union City, incumbent Fanny Cedeno leads with 91% of the vote.
Freeholder Chairman Anthony Vainieri easily won his primary for the North Bergen seat. He has 85% of the vote against Roger Quesada.
In the Jersey City-based 3rd district, incumbent Jerry Walker is at 77% against Rachael O’Brien.
Provisional ballots will be counted next week.