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Mark Razzoli. (Photo: Mark Razzoli).

Party-switcher loses Old Bridge council seat by 8 votes

Mark Razzoli became a Republican after losing ’19 mayoral primary, challenged Watson-Coleman for House seat in ’20

By David Wildstein, November 10 2021 10:35 pm

A Republican councilman in Old Bridge who switched parties in 2019 and ran against Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) in 2020 appears to have lost his re-election bid by just 8 votes.

Mark Razzoli, who left the Democratic Party after losing a mayoral primary two years ago, trails Democrat Jill DeCaro, 1,549 to 1,541 in Old Bridge’ Ward 4.

All vote-by-mail and provisional ballots have been counted and there are no outstanding cure letters to repair VBM defects.

Razzoli has the option of seeking a recount.

David Merwin, who defeated Razzoli in the primary for mayor and then lost the general election to GOP incumbent Owen Henry, lost to Republican Kevin Garcia by 61 votes in Ward 1.

Republican Councilman Erik DePalma gets another term in the Ward 2 seat with 60% of the vote, and Democrat Kiran Desai held the open Ward 3 seat being vacated by Edina Brown by 76 votes.

In Ward 5, incumbent Tony Paskitti, a Republican, won another term with 63% of the vote, and  Councilman John Murphy was re-elected with 59% in Ward 6.

With Razzoli being replaced by Garcia, Republicans hold their 7-2 majority on the Old Bridge Township Council.

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