A slate led by Mayor Robert Giangeruso swept elections in Lyndhurst Tuesday, defeating a challenge from a rival slate that almost didn’t make it onto the ballot.
Giangeruso and Commissioners Karen Haggerty, John Montillo and Richard Jarvis Sr. will each serve another term. The fifth seat will be filled by newcomer Louis DeMarco, who replaces Commissioner Thomas DiMaggio.
DiMaggio did not seek re-election after sixteen years in local government.
The incumbents faced challenges from David Sivella, Elaine Stella, Darwin Belen, Brian Chiswell and Mykolas Perevicius, who ran on the “Clean Sweep 07071” slate.
An 11th candidate, teacher Darius Hughes, ran as an independent and lost his second bid for local office.
Giangeruso was the top vote-getter with 1,966 votes, followed by Montillo (1,899), Jarvis (1,843), DeMarco (1,833) and Haggerty (1,809).
Hughes finished sixth with 1,010 votes, followed by Stella (826), Sivella (891), Chiswell (697), Belen (658) and Perevicius (570).
Giangeruso’s victory will make him a five-term commissioner.
A former deputy police chief and PBA president, Giangeruso was first elected in 2005, on a slate with former school board attorney Richard DiLascio, Brian Haggerty and DiMaggio.
In that race, the Giangeruso slate ousted Mayor James Guida and three incumbent commissioners.
DiLascio served as mayor for eight years and Giangeruso took over when he didn’t seek a third term in 2013.
Giangeruso won a decisive victory in a race where Guida finished a 8th in a field of 13 candidates for the five seats.
The challengers focused their campaign on redevelopment, advocating for improvements to vacant and blighted building they said were pushing property values down in Lyndhurst.
The incumbents, meanwhile, ran on their records, pointing to property tax cuts made over the last three years.
Sivella, a former chairman of the Bergen County Housing Authority, has now taken losses 25 years apart. He was the Democratic candidate for State Assembly in the 36th district in 1997 and came within 1,028 votes of ousting Majority Leader Paul DiGaetano.