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GOP picks up two commissioner seats in Cumberland

By David Wildstein, November 03 2021 4:33 am

Boosted by big wins at the top of the ticket, Republicans are projected to win two seats on the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners, reducing the Democratic majority to 4-3.

Vineland businessmen Antonio Romero (16,181) and Joseph Sileo (16,118) lead Priscilla Ocasio-Jimenez 12,524) and three-term incumbent Joseph Derella, Jr. (12,524).

An independent running as the Working Families Party candidate, Joseph Perella, is at 1,434 votes.

Derella is a former Millville city commissioner and school board president.

The other incumbent, Joseph Quinn, is leaving county government after six years and sought a return to his old job as a Millville City Commissioner.  That non-partisan race is too close to call.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli is 3,451 votes ahead of Gov Phil Murphy in Cumberland County, 55%-44%.  Murphy had won Cumberland by 13 points in the 2017 election.

State Sen. Michael Testa, Jr. (R-Vineland) was re-elected with a 5,312-vote margin in his home county, defeating Democrat Yolanda Garcia-Balicki by more than 20 points.

Democrats will now need to defend control of county government in 2022, when Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) heads the ticket.

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