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Raritan Borough council candidate Frank DelRocco. (Photo: Frank DelRocco).

Judge orders recount in Raritan, where Dems lead by 7 votes

If vote holds, Marine veteran will have flipped a GOP seat

By David Wildstein, December 15 2022 4:29 pm

A hand recount of votes in Raritan Borough, where Democrat Adam Armahizer defeated Republican Frank DelRocco by seven vote in the November 8 borough council election will begin on Friday,  Superior Court Judge Kevin Shanahan said in an order today.

If the recount is not completed on Friday, it will begin again on Monday.

Council President Nicholas Carra, a Republican, was the top vote-getter with 1,238 votes, followed by Armahizer with 1,215.  DelRocco, the grandson of former Mayor Steve DelRocco, came in third with 1,208 and Democrat Joe Kempe finished fourth with 1,184.   Armahizer leads in a race for an open Republican seat.

Armahizer, 24,  is a U.S. Marine veteran who completed two overseas deployments.   DelRocco, 37, works for his family-owned tile business.

The DelRocco’s have been in Raritan since the early 1900s and five DelRocco brothers served in World War II.

Shanahan is expected to decide on Monday if a race for Hillsborough Township Committee, which Republicans won by 43 votes, will have a recount.

Democrats did not oppose the Raritan recount.

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