Bergenfield mayor Norman Schmelz has a 186-vote lead in the race for the Republican nomination for Bergen County Executive. With 100% of the districts counted, Schmelz leads Paul Duggan. 10,371 to 10,185.
Schmelz ran the Bergen County Republican organization line, along with congressional candidate John McCann, while Duggan was allied with McCann’s primary opponent, former Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan.
If his lead holds up, Schmelz will face incumbent Democrat James Tedesco in the fall.
In the GOP primary for freeholder, Oakland councilman Eric Kulmala and Cresskill councilman Hector Olmo defeated Kevin Parany and Edward Mazlish, who ran on the Lonegan slate. Olmo’s margin over Parany was 1,203 votes. They will face incumbent Democratic freeholders Steven Tanelli and Tracy Silna Zur.