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Haledon Democratic mayoral nominee Michael Johnson. (Photo: Michael Johnson).

Johnson beats Stampone in Haldeon mayoral primary

Ex-GOP mayor will seek return after 16-year absence

By David Wildstein, June 16 2022 10:15 pm

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.

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