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Belleville Mayor Raymond Kimble, right, with Gov. Chris Christie

Kimble seeks recount in Belleville

Three-term incumbent ousted by 97 votes

By David Wildstein, May 21 2018 9:31 am

Belleville Mayor Raymond Kimble and Councilman Kevin Kennedy have filed for a recount after losing re-election on May 8.

The recount will be held today.

Kimble lost his bid for a fourth term by 97 votes to former councilman Michael Melham, while Kennedy was ousted by 309 votes, according to unofficial tallies from the Essex County Clerk.

Kimble won the voting machine vote by 297 votes, 1,650 to 1,353, with another 799 votes for a third candidate, school board member Liza Lopez.  But Melham, who served as a councilman from 2000 to 2004, scored a lopsided VBM win: 473 to 86, with 51 for Lopez.  That moved Melham’s needle for 43%-36% for Kimble to a 41%-40% win.

To win, Melham’s software used historical voting patterns to identify voters unlikely to vote in the May mayoral election.    The key was then to combine technology with a young, energetic army of volunteers to take on an incumbent who represented a different era of Belleville politics.

“Our volunteers maintained a 1:1 ratio with voters,” Melham told the New Jersey Globe.  “We married technology with old school campaigns.  It was cool, innovative stuff.”

Kimble is represented by legendary election law attorney John Carbone.

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