The race in the special election for the remainder of a First Ward Council term was between Councilman Neil Carroll III and his three challengers, John Cupo, Peter Franco, and Paul Hagdorn. The results, not yet finalized, showed that Carroll won by about a 2-to-1 margin against Franco. Cupo and Hagdorn were left in the dust. Here are the tallies from the Bayonne Clerk’s Office about an hour after the polls closed.
Neil Carroll: 1,287
John R. Cupo: 214
Peter Franco: 630
Paul Hagdorn: 237
Carroll is a ten-month incumbent favored by Mayor Jimmy Davis’s administration, the Hudson County Democratic Organization, and politicos, including Congressman Albio Sires.
Peter Franco is a first-time political candidate well-known as a Davis critic. Real estate broker John R. Cupo worked in the Bayonne Housing Authority and the Jersey City Planning Board. Paul Hagdorn is a real estate broker whose bid for First Ward Councilman was his first run for public office.
Voters chose incumbent Assembly persons Angela McKnight and Nicholas Chiaravalloti, who won with more than 87 percent of the vote against Republican candidates Jason Mushnick and Mary Kay Palange.
Incumbent Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise beat his Republican opponent, Kennith Gonzalez, with 85.38 percent compared to Gonzalez’s 14.43 percent.
Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari won in a noncompetitive face-off against Adela Rohena. Schillari got more than 85 percent of the vote compared to Rohena’s 14 percent.
Freeholder Tilo Rivas is now Hudson County’s new Surrogate, after defeating John Muniz by a large margin of more than 85 percent to Muniz’s 14.86 percent.
Many observers predicted a low turnout due to the election being an off-year, but Bayonne voters turned out in force.
More than 2,000 voters cast their ballots in the First Ward alone.
The results are not official until they are certified by the Hudson County Clerk. At press time, the Bayonne Board of Education results had not been finalized. Visit hudsonreporter.com for updates..