Mahwah GOP Municipal Chair Tracy Miceli lost her own county committee seat after eschewing the organization line to run with congressional candidate Frank Pallotta.
The top vote-getter in Mahwah’s 1st district was Michael Schnoll, a 20-year-old rising junior at Indiana University. Schnoll received 79 votes on the Bergen County GOP line.
Charles Rabolli, Jr. won the second county committee seat, defeating his running mate, Miceli, by two votes, 62 to 60.
It’s not clear if Miceli will retain the municipal chair post despite the loss of her own seat.
This was an impressive win for Schnoll, who had been appointed to fill a vacant seat in another district on his 18th birthday. He’s an intern for Assemblyman Bob Auth (R-Old Tappan).
Miceli, 64, is a former Montvale councilwoman. Rabolli, the 59-year-old Mahwah Zoning Board chairman, is a former prosecutor and Passaic County Bar Association president.
Rabolli and his wife, who did not seek re-election, were the incumbents in the 1st district. Schnoll and Miceli were appointed to fill vacancies in districts where they did not reside.
Pallotta won his hometown of Mahwah by 144 votes, 54%-44%, against his primary opponent, Marine combat veteran Nick De Gregorio. But De Gregorio won Mahwah’s 1st district, based in the town’s Cragmere section, by 13 votes, 50%-43%.
In the general election, Pallotta faces three-term Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff).