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In Nutley, turnout at 34%

By David Wildstein, May 12 2020 5:13 pm

Voter turnout in Nutley was at 34% late Tuesday afternoon in a race where all five town commissioner seats are up for grabs.

Twelve candidates are running for the five seats, including four incumbents: Mauro Tucci, Al Petracco, Thomas Evans and Mayor Joseph Scarpelli.

By tradition, the top vote-getter becomes the mayor.

The fifth incumbent, Steve Rogers, is not seeking re-election.  Rogers, who sought the Republican nomination for governor in 2017, is following his own term-limits pledge.

One of the candidates is John V. Kelly III, the grandson of the late Nutley mayor and assemblyman.  Kelly finished sixth in 2016, 587 votes behind Rogers.

In Newark, where there is little competition in a race for three Board of Education seats, just 5% of VBM ballots have been returned.

Turnout in Orange in 17%m Belleville is 16%, and Irvington is at 13%.

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