Michael Johnson, a former Haledon councilman who fell out of favor with his local party organization, has ousted four-term Mayor Domenick Stampone in the Democratic primary.
Johnson won by 25 votes, 305 to 280 (52%-48%).
“It’s official. I’m conceding the Democratic Primary for Mayor,” Stampone said. “Thank you to all the great folks who’ve supported me through the years, especially my council colleagues and volunteers. I (heart) Haledon.”
Stampone has been mayor for sixteen years and Johnson mounted an off-the-line campaign to beat his onetime ally.
Johnson will now face former two-term Mayor Kenneth Pentigore, a Republican who was unseated by Stampone in 2006 by a 53%-47% margin, in the general election.
Passaic County has been consistently slow in reporting election results. The Passaic County Board of Elections stopped counting votes since the day after the June 7 primary and didn’t resume until today. This isn’t the fault of the county clerk, Danielle Ireland-Imhof, who has no role in the counting process.