A slate of county-backed Union County Commission candidates defeated two candidates running on a slate with Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-Roselle) Tuesday.
Commission Chairman Alexander Mirabella, Commissioner Kimberly Mouded and Rahway Councilman James Baker beat out Aida Villeda and James Spivey, also trouncing three progressive candidates who pulled out of the race after former State Senate candidate Jason Krychiw withdrew his own candidacy after reporting showed he misstated his teaching position at Kean University.
The results weren’t remotely close.
Mirabella placed first with 19,936 votes, followed by Baker with 19,864 and Mouded with 19,370.
Villeda had just 3,737, while Spivey had 3,675. They were outperformed by Terence Johnson (3,815) and Evanda Henry (3,760), who dropped out of the race but remained on the ballot.
Sienna Bucu finished last with 3,355.
Mirabella and his running mates appeared on the Union County Democratic line, while the challengers ran on Holley’s “I am you Union County Democrats” slate.
Incumbent Commissioner Andrea Staten did not seek re-election.
Holley mounted an off-the-line challenge against State Sen. Joe Cryan (D-Union) instead of seeking re-election to the Assembly this year.
Sienna Bucu, Terence Johnson and Evanda Henry ran on a slate with Krychiw but later withdrew from the race. That move was made after ballots were finalized, so their names remained on the ballot despite their withdrawal.