Democrat candidate takes lead for Ward 3 seat for Old Bridge Council; Republicans lead in other ward races

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There were elections for the six, four-year term ward seats on the municipal governing body for Old Bridge on Nov. 2.

The race is contested.

Ward 1 – The candidates are Democratic incumbent David Merwin and Republican Kevin J. Garcia, a newcomer.

As of Nov. 4, Garcia, with 1,686 votes, or 51.34%, leads Merwin with 1,598 votes, or 48.66%.

Ward 2 – The candidates are Republican incumbent Erik DePalma and Democrat Peter Shearer, a newcomer.

As of Nov. 4, DePalma, with 1,809 votes, or 60.87%, is holding on to his seat so far over Shearer, with 1,161 votes, or 39.07%. There are two write-in votes.

Ward 3 – The candidates are Democrat Kiran Desai and Republican Enid Crespo, both newcomers.

As of Nov. 4, Desai, with 1,057 votes, or 50.84%, leads Crespo, with 1,020 votes, or 49.06%. There are two write-in votes.

Ward 4 – The candidates are Republican incumbent Mark Razzoli and Democrat Jill DeCaro.

As of Nov. 4, Razzoli, with 1,448 votes, or 50.86%, is holding on to his seat so far over DeCaro, with 1,398 votes, or 49.10%.

Ward 5 – The candidates are Republican incumbent Anthony “Tony” Paskitti and Democrat Lance Hilfman.

As of Nov. 4, Paskitti, with 2,309 votes, or 64.17%, is holding on to his seat so far over Hilfman, with 1,287 votes, or 35.77%. There are two write-in votes.

Ward 6 – The candidates are Republican incumbent John E. Murphy III and Democrat Nina Jochnowitz, a newcomer.

As of Nov. 4, Murphy III, with 1,728 votes, or 59.94%, is holding on to his seat so far over Jochnowitz, with 1,152 votes, or 39.96%.

The results reflect what has been posted online by the Middlesex County Clerk’s Office at this time. The results are not final and it is not known when the results will be final.

The results of the election will remain unofficial until they are certified.