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Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik, left, with Rep. Bill Pascrell. (Photo: Facebook).

Passaic Demcrats hold three county offices

Close races for commissioner, sheriff after strong Republican campaign

By Joey Fox, November 09 2022 2:25 am

The New Jersey Globe projects that three Democratic incumbents have won re-election to county office in Passaic County, beating an all-law enforcement slate put forward by Republicans.

As of 2:25 a.m., Democratic Sheriff Richard Berdnik leads Republican Mason Maher 54%-46%.

The race for two county commission seats is closer, with Commissioners Terry Duffy (26.0%) and Pat Lepore (25.6%) leading Republicans Alex Cruz (24.3%) and Troy Oswald (24.1%).

In 2021 Republican Nicolino Gallo flipped a commissioner seat in an upset, defeating incumbent Democrat Assad Akhter. That victory made Republicans optimistic about this year’s elections, but Democrats ran a serious campaign to fend them off in the Democratic-leaning county.

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