The New Jersey Globe projects that Belleville Mayor Michael Melham has won a second term after handily defeating Second Ward Councilman Steven Rovell.
With 96% of districts reporting, Melham had a 62-38% lead over Rovell, 2,640 votes to 1,595.
Two at-large councilmembers running on Melham’s slate, Naomy De Peña and Thomas Graziano, dispatched Rovell’s running mates, Charles Hood and Tracy Juanita Williams, by a similar margin. Both incumbents got around 31% of the vote to their challengers’ 20% and 18%, respectively.
In 2018, Melham narrowly ousted incumbent Mayor Raymond Kimble; Hood for council ran and lost that year as well on Kimble’s ticket. Since then, Melham has made headlines for endorsing Republican Jack Ciattarelli for governor – Belleville voted for Gov. Phil Murphy by a 55-44% margin – and briefly floating the possibility of a run for Congress.