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Incumbents Take Local Bernards Elections

Both Township Committee and Board of Education incumbents hold onto their seats.

Incumbents Take Local Bernards Elections

There apparently won't be any chance in the lineup on either the Bernards Township Committee or the Board of Education following Tuesday night's election, according to unofficial vote results.

Final results must be certified by Somerset County. Township Clerk Denise Szabo said Tuesday's results — tallied in the nearby police headquarters because the municipal building at 1 Collyer lane remained without power — do not include absentee or provisional ballots.

Despite Sandy's continuing impact on Bernards Township, where about half of the town was without power on Tuesday, the election attracted 56.37 percent of the township's 19,104 registered voters, according to the unofficial results.

The Township Committee will remain all-Republican as incumbents Carolyn Gaziano and John Malay firmly led their Democratic opponents Michael Komondy and David Ferdinand.

Candidate Total Votes Michael J. Komondy (D)
3,682 David Ferdinand (D)
3,551 Carolyn Gaziano (R)
6,702 John Malay (R)

Board of Education results

Incumbent School Board members Robin McKeon, Beverly Darvin Cwerner and Audrey Cohen Sherwyn were opposed by Louis D'Autorio, but D'Autorio was defeated by the three sitting board members, who now have been given the green light by a majority of voters to continue on the board for another three years.

Candidates Total Votes Bev Darvin Cwerner 3,965 Audrey Cohen Sherwyn 3,546 Louis J. D'Autorio 2,290 Robin McKeon 4,386

Township voters also favored Republicans outside of the local political arena.

The Romney/Ryan ticket gained 6,754 votes, according to Tuesday's local results, compared with 4,416 for Obama/Biden.

The incumbent U.S. Senator for New Jersey, Democrat Robert Menendez, received 4,214 votes, compared with 6,401 votes for Republican challenger Joe Kyrillos.

Republican U.S. Congressman Leonard Lance (R-7th district) received a vote of confidence from 6,668 local voters, compared with 3,623 for his opponent, Democrat Upendra J. Chivukula.

Local voters also favored incumbent Republican candidates for the Somerset County freeholder board:

Candidate Total votes Anthony Pranzatelli (D) 3,533 William Galtieri (D) 3,417 Patrick Scaglione (R) 6,597 Mark Caliguire (R) 6,409

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