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Former Green Brook Mayor Melonie Marano

Somerset Democrat leads by 341 in race for control of freeholder board

Count set for next Tuesday

By David Wildstein, November 06 2019 3:48 pm

Democrats have a 341-vote lead in the battle for control of the Somerset County Board of Freeholders, with a count of provisional and extra vote-by-mail ballots set for November 12.

Former Green Brook Mayor Melonie Marano leads Republican incumbent Pat Walsh, 35,180 to 34,839.

All 265 districts have been tallied.

The number of provisional ballots has not yet been counted.  Mail-in ballots postmarked by November 5 will be counted, if they arrive at the Board of Elections by close of business on Thursday.

Republicans are defending a 3-2 majority after Democrats ousted two incumbents in 2018.

Democrats won the Somerset County Sheriff’s race.

Darrin Russo, a former Franklin Township police lieutenant, defeated North Plainfield Chief of Police Bill Parenti by 2,589 votes, 52%-48%.

Russo won on his second try.

In 2016, he won 49% against five-term incumbent Frank Provenzano.  Provenzano did not seek re-election this year.

Democrats have not controlled county government since 1965.

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One thought on “Somerset Democrat leads by 341 in race for control of freeholder board

  1. “Funny” Business (dirty tricks) is backfiring on the Republicans in NJ. In Watchung last week they tried to win with a fake news smear campaign, got caught — and for the first time in history the Democrats won there.

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