Democratic candidates win seats on Milltown Borough Council

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MILLTOWN – Democratic candidates have won the two, three-year terms that were available on the Borough Council in the election on Nov. 3.

According to results certified by the Middlesex County Clerk’s Office on Nov. 20, incumbent James Pareti received the most votes with 2,288 and newcomer Margaret O’Donnell received 2,072 votes to win the two seats.

Republicans Ronald Dixon, an incumbent, received 1,936 votes; and John Collins, a former councilman, received 1,934 votes. There were seven write-in votes.

O’Donnell, who will begin her first term in January, said she is “thrilled that Milltown voters have elected me and re-elected my runningmate James Pareti to represent them on the Borough Council.”

“We’re joining a great team led by Mayor Trina Mehr,” she said. “This is a challenging time to be sure, but we’re both still excited about the coming year. When the borough reorganization meeting takes place in January, we’ll know our official assignments. We’ll look for ways to make tax dollars go the furthest and best impact quality of life in Milltown. We’re both ready to make a difference in our community.”

During the election, Pareti said after serving as an appointed councilman, he wants to continue to serve the people of Milltown by focusing on quality of life improvements.

“I know how important it is for our residents, particularly our youth, to have as many opportunities as possible to participate in community programs,” he said. “I want to work with the Department of Public Works and the Recreation Department to explore park improvements and add additional recreational programs. I also plan to work with Middlesex County through our shared services partnership to make these improvements in the most cost-effective way possible.”