2016 Election In Roselle Park By The Numbers

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Published: November 13, 2016 @ 3:00 PM EDT

The number of registered voters in Roselle Park is around 7,900. This year had three (3) local elections and a presidential election, among others.

Based on the 5,340 votes for President, more than ⅔ of Roselle Park residents came out to vote this year. Even with nine (9) official choices, 35 residents – about 0.4% of local voters – opted to write-in someone other than those presented to them at the ballot.

The candidates are listed by the number of votes cast in descending order. In instances of a tie, candidates were listed alphabetically by last name.

Candidates Votes
Hillary Clinton / Tim Kaine
Democratic Party
2,970
Donald Trump / Mike Pence
Republican Party
2,160
Gary Johnson / Bill Weld
Libertarian Party
90
Jill Stein / Ajamu Baraka
Green Party
50
Darrell Castle / Scott Bradley
Constitution Party
17
Bernie Sanders
(Personal Choice)
14
Alyson Kennedy / Osborne Hart
Socialist Workers Party
13
Evan McMullin
(Personal Choice)
4
Gloria La Riva / Eugene Puryear
Socialist Party
3
Clinton
(Personal Choice)
2
Hillary
(Personal Choice)
2
Mike Pence
(Personal Choice)
2
Joe Biden
(Personal Choice)
1
Ted Cruz
(Personal Choice)
1
Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente / Michael Steinberg
Reform Party
1
Kathy Domingos
(Personal Choice)
1
Tom Hoefling
(Personal Choice)
1
John Kasich
(Personal Choice)
1
John McCain
(Personal Choice)
1
Lily Mei
(Personal Choice)
1
Monica Moorehead / Lamont Lilly
Workers World Party
1
Marissa Paolercio
(Personal Choice)
1
Russell Pucci
(Personal Choice)
1
Jon Snow
(Personal Choice)
1
Pootie Tang
(Personal Choice)
1

In the local elections, there were 954 votes cast for third ward council and 840 votes by residents of the 4th ward for their representative.

57% of 3rd ward residents elected William Fahoury as their representative in local government by 138 votes over Kevin Kolbeck. Councilman-elect Fahoury will be taking over for outgoing councilman Ryan Kelly.

 
William Fahoury (R)
Kevin Kolbeck (D)
TOTAL
546
408
W3-D1
160
162
W3-D2
355
229
Absentees
31
17

The 4th ward had 40 more residents – about 5% – vote for Michael Connelly over Jacqueline Hurdle. Councilman-elect Connelly will be replacing councilman Mohamed ‘Gino’ Elmarassy who was not on the ballot to run again.

 
Michael Connelly (D)
Jacqueline "Jackie" Hurdle (R)
TOTAL
440
400
W4-D1
171
201
W4-D2
247
185
Absentees
22
14

In the election for the Board Of Education (BOE), there were 6,724 votes cast. This election does not reflect the number of voters since residents could have picked between one and three candidates, or decided to skip voting for any candidate altogether.

 
Joseph
Signorello
Kimberly
Powers
Loren Harms
Matthew
Leingang
Jeff
Regan
Scott
Nelson
Agron
Meshi
TOTAL
1,988
1,142
1,090
1,030
684
544
244
W1-D1
211
121
105
124
77
58
23
W1-D2
177
124
100
120
62
54
35
Ward 1
388
245
205
244
139
102
58
W2-D1
269
110
137
151
73
61
15
W2-D2
301
115
166
145
73
71
25
Ward 2
570
225
303
296
146
132
40
W3-D1
92
62
43
61
40
44
17
W3-D2
225
110
135
111
74
76
29
Ward 3
317
172
178
172
114
120
46
W4-D1
96
72
57
43
41
24
9
W4-D2
135
112
86
84
82
36
23
Ward 4
231
184
143
127
123
60
32
W5-D1
144
75
46
49
36
32
14
W5-D2
193
160
122
92
87
56
27
Ward 5
337
235
168
141
123
88
41
Absentees
145
81
93
50
39
42
27

11 write-in votes were cast for school board candidates with resident Jeanine Goodis receiving the most – three votes. The eight (8) personal write-in choices were:

  • Jeanine Goodis (3 votes)
  • Ebraam Makar (2 votes)
  • Ahillary (1 vote)
  • Michael Ferguson (1 vote)
  • Kennedy (1 vote)
  • Jacob Magiera (1 vote)
  • Bob Milici (1 vote)
  • John Poulus (1 vote)

Locally, residents agreed with the majority of the state that casino gambling should not be expanded and voted down Question #1.

Question #2 had a majority of Roselle Park voters voting ‘no’ on dedicating the gas tax to the Transportation Funding Amendment. Statewide, the question was approved by 54% of New Jersey voters.

The third ballot question was more relevant locally. It asked voters if they wanted to extend the “Union County Open Space, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Trust Fund” and continue its funding mechanism. Roselle Park voters approved the measure which mirrored the county voters in their passing of the proposal.

 
Yes
No
Question #1
954
25.7%
2,754
74.3%
Question #2
1,640
45.4%
1,971
54.6%
Question #3
1,713
53.5%
1,491
46.5%

With respect to Union County Freeholders, Roselle Park voters – in line with Union County voters – chose Linda Carter, Sergio Granados, and Bette Jane Kowalski.

Donald Payne, Jr. received the most votes – 58% – from borough voters. District-wide, 85% of votes had Congressman Payne remain as the 10th District Representative in the United States Congress.

As for those candidates who were decided by voters to legislate the future of the borough’s government in both the municipality and the school district, they will take office January 2017.

Next year will have voters elect three (3) positions on the school board as well as first ward and council-at-large.