Victorious GOP Committee Candidates: It Feels Great
Incumbent Suraci and planning board member Burchette defeat Democratic and Independent challengers.
Republicans Carl Suraci and Greg Buchette swept to a victory in the race for two three-year seats on the Township Committee, according to the township's unofficial vote tally.
Republicans maintain their 5-0 hold on the Township Committee.
Suraci, now serving as mayor, received 8,598 votes while newcomer Buchette got 7,960 votes.
Democrats Michael Goldberg and Jim Farley received 6,098 votes and 5,867.votes, respectively.
Independent Judd Mandell received 554 votes in his first run for political office.
“Obviously Hillsborough residents pay attention to what we were doing,” Suraci said. “We did what we said we were going to do.”
Suraci said his priorities for the next three years include continued fiscal responsibility and the development of the GSA property into a “premier passive and active recreational facility."
”It feels great,” Burchette said after the votes were tallied.
Burchette said he is looking forward to using his business experience in working with the other Township Committee members. “It’s a phenomenal team,” he said.
Burchette and Suraci estimated that they visited 450 homes during their campaign which started on Labor Day. The candidates suspended their campaign when Sandy struck the township.
The other candidates were not immediately available for comment.
According to unofficial results, about 60 percent of township residents went to the polls. Hillsborough typically turns out about 80 percent of its registered voters to the polls during a presidential election year. Provisional and mail in ballots are still to be tallied.
Township voters favored Democratic candidates at the top of the ballot, while going for Republicans in the other races.
The unofficial results have township residents giving Barack Obama 7,803 votes and Mitt Romney, 7,669 votes.
But township residents favored GOP Senate candidate Joe Kyrillos over incumbent Democrat Robert Menendez by a 7,516 to 7,158 margin.
In the race for the House of Representatives 7th District, voters favored incumbent Republican Leonard Lance to Democrat Upendra Chivukula, 7,970 to 6,383. In the 16th state Assembly District, Republican incumbent Donna Simon out-polled Democrat Marie Corfield, 8,086 to 6,512.
Township voters also favored Republican incumbents Patrick Scaglione and Mark Caliguire for two seats on the Somerset County Freeholder Board over Democrat challengers Anthony Pranzatelli and William Galtieri.
County Clerk Brett Radi, a former Hillsborough mayor, was favored for re-election as Somerset County clerk over Democrat Joan Pritchard by an 8,094 to 6,404 margin.
The following are the unofficial totals for the committee candidates.
|Candidate||Michael Goldberg (D)||James Farley (D)||Carl Suraci (R) *||Greg Burchette (R) *||Judd Mandell (I)|
|Total Unofficial Township Votes||
* Denotes winner
Italics denotes incumbent