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Morris County Republican continued their 46-year streak of winning countywide elections, easily re-electing three freeholders and the sheriff and holding on to the surrogate post.
Democrats made gains at the local level, wining mayoral races in Dover, Boonton, and Chatham Borough and council seats. Republicans defended challengers to mayors in Chester Township and Denville and held seats on the Parsippany Township Council.
Heather Darling was elected Morris County Surrogate, defeating Democrat Michael Thompson by a 56%-44% margin.
The incumbent, John Pecoraro, is retiring after 25 years as surrogate.
When she takes office in January, Morris County Republicans must hold a special election convention to fill the remaining year of her term as a freeholder.
Sheriff James Gannon was re-elected with 59% against former Undersheriff William Schievella.
Freeholders Douglas Cabana, Thomas Mastrangelo and Kathy DeFillippo were reelected by wide margins.
DeFilippo was the top vote-getter with 59,069, followed by Cabana (58,174) and Mastrangelo (57,747). They defeated Carma Parmigiani (47,871), Cary Amaro (46,840) and David Timpanero (45,791).
In Mendham Township, Democrat Melissa Saharko trails Republican Jordan Orlins by one vote.