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Leslie Hamilton swears in Stan Kula as mayor of Hardyston in January, 2020. (Photo: Facebook).

27-year incumbent loses primary in Hardyston

Leslie Hamilton defeated in bid for 10th term

By David Wildstein, July 26 2020 5:44 pm

After 27 years on the Hardyston Township Council, Leslie Hamilton is out.

The nine-term incumbent lost the Republican primary by 141 votes to Frank Cicerale, ending a political career that began more than 30 years ago when she was named to the Hardyston Planning Board.

The vote was a rematch between Hamilton and Cicerale, who faced off in 2017.  Hamilton beat Cicerale by 13 votes, 32 to 339.

Incumbent Scott Kaminski was the top vote-getter with 815, followed by Cicerale (608) and Hamilton (467).

Sussex County certified their election results on Friday.

The 78-year-old Hamilton has served several times as mayor.

Democrats nominated Kristy Lavin and Edmund Jacobsen for the two seats in the general election.

Lavin ran in the Democratic primary and Jacobsen, who received 22 write-in votes, joins her on the fall Democratic ticket.

Hardyston is heavily Republican – 2,522 Republicans and 1,293 Democrats – and Donald Trump carried the township with 65% four years ago.

An earlier version of this story did not include that a second Democrat was nominated for the Hardyston Township Council in a write-in vote.

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