UPDATE: There will be a shift in the makeup of the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders: With a fraction under 100% of the vote counted, a pair of Democratic challengers have taken a seemingly insurmountable lead over incumbent Republican Freeholder Robert G. Hermansen and his running mate, former River Edge mayor Margaret “Peg” Watkins.
DEM – STEVEN A. TANELLI 159,522 27.57%
DEM – TRACY SILNA ZUR 154,626 26.72%
REP – ROBERT G. HERMANSEN 127,853 22.10%
REP – MARGARET FALAHEE WATKINS 124,571 21.53%
Democrats regained control of the board — 4-3 — after having it two years ago.
Tanelli is a North Arlington councilman and Zur a Franklin Lakes attorney.
Bergen also went for President Obama, as expected, despite having a Republican county executive and governor:
DEM – BARACK OBAMA / JOE BIDEN 192,460 54.97%
REP – MITT ROMNEY / PAUL RYAN 154,418 44.10%
Despite all of the obstacles thrown up by Hurricane Sandy, 63.88% of Bergen County’s 551,725 registered voters went to the polls.
There are a host of electronic, absentee and other ballots that have yet to be counted. The results of thousands may not be known until tomorrow, which affect some towns ( SEE: Bergen County absentee ballots tear in machine, some results could take days ).
Meanwhile, incumbent Mahwah Mayor William LaForet won re-election to a full term with 100% of the votes counted.
WILLIAM C. LAFORET 5,640 63.56%
EDWARD F. SINCLAIR 3,233 36.44%
The only other mayoral term available was in Englewood, where popular Mayor Frank Huttle III ran unopposed. For the record: He got 6,829 votes.
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