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Republicans secure Salem freeholder board

By Nikita Biryukov, November 07 2018 12:20 am

Republicans have regained control of the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders after Freeholder Melissa DeCastro, who jumped to the Democratic party last year, lost her reelection bid.

Three-term incumbent Ben Laury 12,383 votes, or about 28%, and 11,432 voters, about 25%, cast their ballots for political newcomer Mickey Ostrum, an obstetrician,

DeCastro got 10,259 votes, about 23%, and Democratic challenger Jesse Stemberger received 9,379 votes, roughly 21%.

The wins give Republicans a 4-1 majority on the board.

This year’s loss in a freeholder race is Stemberger’s second in as many years.

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