GOP loses both seats in Springfield

Republicans lost their two seats on the Springfield Township Committee. Democrats Chris Weber (3,478) and Alex Keiser (3,324) defeated incumbent Maria Vassallo (2.448) and her running mate, former mayor Jerry Fernandez (2,513). Weber is a retired Newark police detective, and Keiser is the chief of staff to Assemblyman John McKeon (D-West Orange). Fernandez replaced Diane Stampoulos, who lost party support for re-election.

Democrats take Roselle Park mayor

The new mayor of Roselle Park is a Democrat, Joseph Signorello.  He defeated incumbent Carl Hokanson, a former Democrat who ran for re-election as an independent, and Republican councilman William Fahoury. Signorello received 2,340 votes, easily beating Fahoury (1,180) and Hokanson (773). Democratic councilman Joseph Petrosky was re-elected, and Robert Mathieu defeated Republican incumbent Thomas Shipley.

Devanney elected mayor of Berkeley Heights

Democrat Angie Devanney, a well-known Democratic operative who was political director of Jim McGreevey’s 1997 gubernatorial campaign, was elected mayor of Berkeley Heights on Tuesday. Devanney defeated Republican mayor Robert Woodruff by 203 votes, 2,806 to 2,603. Two Republican incumbents, Michael D’Aquila and Michelle Greco, lost re-election to the borough council.  They were beaten by Democrats Stephen Yellin and Alvaro Medeiros. In 2017, Medeiros lost his bid for a council

Union races to watch

Union County is a Democratic stronghold where Republicans have not won a countywide election since 1995.  Four of the nine freeholder seats are up this year. Control is at stake in Berkeley Heights, Cranford, Scotch Plains, Springfield and Summit, and key races are worth watching in Berkeley Heights and Roselle Park.  Some insiders say that race in Mountainside, dominated by talk of the Dildogate scandal, could be an upset. Berkeley

Linden library spat ends after publicity

The Linden Library’s Board of Trustees pulled a scheduled meeting to discipline and possible fire Theresa Villani, who is the vice president of the city’s school board. “Once I put it out public, they withdrew the hearing, and my job is no longer in jeopardy today as of literally 10 minutes ago,” Villani told the New Jersey Globe. The short-lived spat may be a continuation of a feud between Linden