The New Jersey Globe projects that Democratic Council President Gregory Wolfe has won the mayor’s office in Gloucester County’s Monroe Township, defeating Republican Sam Miles.
As of 3:10 a.m., Wolfe leads Miles 54%-45%. His three council running mates – Councilman Patrick O’Reilly, Denise Adams, and Don Heverly – also appear to have won, each getting around 18% of the vote against Republicans Mark Kozachyn, Janet Schaefer, and John Valentine.
The incumbent mayor, Richard DiLucia, is a former Democrat who defected to the Republican Party earlier this year, saying he’d grown disillusioned with Democrats (and hinting he wouldn’t have gotten the Democratic line had he not switched). He tried to run for re-election as a Republican, but was defeated by Miles – who previously ran for mayor in 2010 and 2014 – in the Republican primary.
Wolfe, who was first elected in 2018 on DiLucia’s slate, became the Democratic standard-bearer once DiLucia switched sides.
When DiLucia changed parties, he was joined by two other members of the council, Councilwoman Katherine Falcone and Councilman Steven McKinney, whittling the Democratic majority down to just 4-3. But with their victories tonight, Democrats are back up to a 5-2 majority.
Mirroring their struggles in Gloucester County more broadly, the Democratic hold on Monroe Township has loosened in recent years; Republican Jack Ciattarelli carried the town by nine points in last year’s gubernatorial race. But Republicans haven’t won the Monroe mayor’s office since 1990 – a streak that won’t break this year.