Democrats flipped a council seat in Dunellen, further imperiling the future of Republicans in Middlesex County.
Incumbent Councilwoman Jessica Dunne ran in first with 1,763 votes. Tremayne Reid, her running mate, scored 1,600 votes.
That puts him 135 votes — about two points — ahead of Republican challenger Kelly Saeder (1,465). Republican Councilman Kenneth Bayer ran in last with 1,418 votes.
Reid’s victory gives Democrats a 4-2 majority on the council. Republicans will still hold the borough’s mayorship until at least 2023.
There’s a split victory in South River.
Republican incumbent James Gurchensky won first place with 3,054 votes. He was just three votes ahead of Democratic newcomer Julie Meira, who earned 3,051 votes.
Meira will replace Democratic Councilwoman Sandra Adelino, who did not seek re-election.
The results mean Republicans keep their 5-1 majority on the council.
Republican David Rein (2,933) ran in third, while Democrat Shawn Haussermann’s 2,906 votes put him in last place.