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Linden GOP mayoral candidate Ricardo Maldonado. (Photo: Ricardo Maldonado).

Linden mayoral primary ends in a tie

Local party will pick the nominee after Maldonado, Jones each receive 207 votes

By David Wildstein, June 19 2022 12:03 am

The race for the Republican nomination for mayor of Linden has ended in a tie, with Ricardo Maldonado and Russell Jones each receiving 207 votes.

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi is expected to certify the results on Monday.

The next step would be for one or both of the candidates to file for a recount.  Considering the tie, Superior Court Judge Alan Lesnewich, who handles election matters in Union County, would likely waive the cost of a recount.  After that, it would be up to one or both of the candidates to file a lawsuit challenging any election irregularities, although neither candidate has alleged any so far.

If a primary election ends in a tie, New Jersey election law allows the party organization to pick their nominee.  That would likely be Maldonado, a member of the county committee who ran on the organization line in the June 7 primary.

The Linden GOP organization consists of just the ten people who ran for 72 county committee seats.

The Republican candidate will face Democratic Mayor Derek Armstead, a two-term incumbent.

Linden has not elected a Republican mayor since Alexander Wrigley ousted 14-year incumbent William Hurst by just 12 votes.

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