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Downtown Caldwell: on the left is the First Presbyterian Church of Caldwell, where Rev. Stephen Cleveland was pastor when his son, President Grover Cleveland, was born in 1837. (Photo: Janet Markman/Borough of Caldwell).

Where local races stand in Essex County

By Joey Fox, November 04 2021 4:58 pm


Incumbent Democratic Councilmembers Francis Rodgers and Christine Schmidt trail their Republican opponents, Barbara Buechner and Rick Alonzo, by narrow margins. Buechner and Alonzo have 26.7% and 26.2%, respectively; Rodgers is in third with 23.7%, and Schmidt is in last with 23.4%.

East Orange

Six Democratic East Orange incumbents – Mayor Ted Green and Councilmembers Christopher James, Christopher Awe, Bergson Leneus, Tameika Garrett-Ward, and Alicia Holman – have won re-election. All were unopposed except for Awe, who defeated independent Simone Jelks-Bandison 94-6%.

Essex Fells

Mayor Edward Davis, Councilman Michael Cecere, and Councilman William Sullivan, all Republicans, won re-election unopposed.


Republican Mayor James Gasparini won another term without opposition.

Glen Ridge

Councilwoman Ann Marie Morrow and newcomer Rebecca Meyer won two nonpartisan seats on the Glen Ridge Borough Council without opposition.


Democratic Committeewoman Nancy Adams and fellow Democrat Jamaine Cripe won election to the Maplewood Township Committee unopposed. A ballot referendum to fund artificial turf for Maplewood’s DeHart Park also seems to have failed, 46-54%.


Millburn Committeewoman and current Mayor Tara Prupis, a Democrat, appears to have defeated Republican Oyin Owolabi for re-election; she leads 54-46%.


By a 71-29% margin, Montclair voters overwhelmingly approved a change from Type I to Type II school district, meaning that the school board will expand from seven to nine members and be elected, not appointed by the mayor.

North Caldwell

Councilmen Frank Astorino and Robert Kessler, both Republicans, won re-election to the North Caldwell Borough Council unopposed.


Democratic Councilmembers Eileen Fishman and Roger Freda both won re-election without opposition.

West Caldwell

Two incumbent Republicans on the West Caldwell Township Council, Michael Crudele and Stanley Hladik, defeated Democratic challengers Jessica Almeida and Christy Lazarow; the Republicans each got 30% of the vote to the Democrats’ 20%.

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