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City of Orange Councilwoman-elect Quantavia Hilbert. (Photo: Quantavia Hilbert for Council).

City of Orange council incumbents prevail over challengers

Lone open seat won by Quantavia Hilbert in a landslide

By Joey Fox, May 10 2022 10:59 pm

Three incumbents running for re-election to the City of Orange Township Council have won re-election, while a fourth open seat was easily won by newcomer Quantavia Hilbert.

In the North Ward, Councilwoman Tency Eason turned back challengers Sharief Williams and Kami Willis 64-25-11%. Hilbert won by an identical 64-25% margin over Genora Jenkins in the South Ward seat vacated by retiring Councilman Harold Johnson; Jonathan Beckford and Mohamed Toure got 11% and 1% of the vote.

Races for the two other seats up for election were significantly closer. East Ward Councilman Kerry Coley defeated Fatimah Zurner and Tyrone Tarver 52-40-8%, while South Ward Councilwoman Jamie Summers-Johnson – who won by just three votes in 2018 – prevailed 50-41-9% against James Ward and Lynval James.

Mayor Dwayne Warren was not up for re-election this year, and neither were the township’s three at-large councilmembers.

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