Mahwah Voted Mostly for Election Losers

The majority of Mahwah voters did not agree with the county, state and country's choices

In the county, state and federal elections held Tuesday, the choices made by a majority of Mahwah voters did not match up with those made by the rest of the voter base. From offices ranging from the President of the United States to some local races, Mahwah residents tended to favor the losers of the elections.

According to the unofficial tallies of Mahwah votes released by township clerk Katherine Coletta Friday, the majority of Mahwah voters chose the losing candidate in most non-local elections.

For president, Mahwah voters favored the Romney-Ryan ticket over Obama-Biden, 6,299 votes to 4,688. The state and the country voted for Obama.

In the presidential race, the third highest vote-getter in Mahwah was Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, whose running mate James Gray visited the township to campaign. Johnson received 52 votes.

In the state election for senator, Bob Menendez reclaimed his seat. Mahwah voters chose Republican challenger Joe Kyrillos, 5,366 votes to 4,293.

For the county’s board of chosen freeholders, Republican incumbent, and Mahwah resident, Rob Hermansen and running mate Peg Watkins received the highest number of Mahwah’s votes – 5,497 and 5,101, respectively. However, Democrats Tracey Zur and Steve Tanelli won the election.

Mahwah voters agreed with the majority in only one election, for District 5 representative. Mahwah voters reelected Scott Garrett to the House of Representatives, as did the majority of voters in the district.

According to Coletta, the results will not be certified until the county Board of Elections adds absentee and provisional ballots to the totals.

Though not enough to impact any of these larger races, the remaining ballots will likely decide between Steve Sbarra and Jonathan Marcus for the third seat on the Mahwah Township Council. Sbarra led Marcus by on 37 votes after the unofficial tally.

Coletta said Thursday the township received a large number of provisional ballots, and was unsure when the county would certify the results.

The other two council seats were secured by incumbents Lisa DiGiulio and John Roth. Mahwah Mayor Bill Laforet was also reelected.

See the complete unofficial tally of Mahwah’s votes in the attached document.


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Andy Schmidt November 10, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Thanks for posting those PDFs. Makes for interesting reading. Interesting to note that districs 3 and 9 (Island Road and one of the two Temple Beth) that favored Mr. Sinclair (who had been heavily pushed by the Republican Club and their council people), are among the four "democratic" districts (in the presidential election), while the other 2 democratic districs and all republican districts favored Mr. Laforet. That "across" party line voting from both sides shows that in local Mahwah elections, people were not impressed by desperate attempts to introduce party politics into Mahwah over the actual township issues and candidates' record. Also interesting is district 1 (Ambulance Corps 1). That neighborhood voted 66% for the mayor - despite their persistent ad campaigns and vocal lobbying against the mayor during his first year. Curious is also that there were 11,150 voters - and how many of those did NOT cast any vote in the different sections (including the presidential election!?).
Kristan louis November 10, 2012 at 03:07 PM
I guess I am in minority. I voted for the winners
Allan November 10, 2012 at 03:28 PM
This is no surprise. This town is as Republican as it gets. In fact, I have never heard of a Mahwah Democratic Club. When I first moved into town I went to a candidate's meeting and told someone it was great that our township elections are non-partisan; the best candidate wins, not party affiliation. A person turned around and said "They are all Republicans", For the most part, I don't think it changed.
JP November 10, 2012 at 03:39 PM
As Karl Rove would say "It was the storm that changed the election".
JP November 10, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Same here.
JP November 10, 2012 at 03:45 PM
And yet they do not follow their principles of job creation and capitalism. The anti-mall scenario is a prime example. I bet a good portion of the "leaders" of that group actually vote Republican all the way, and yet abandon their principles when it's in their own back yard and take the path of hypocrisy.
Allan November 10, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Ditto. I am used to being on the other end of the equation.
Regenbogen November 10, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Andy Your knowledge astounds me!
Wallace Dennison November 10, 2012 at 10:38 PM
As a registered Democrat and an advocate and family man of 3 beautiful children living in Mahwah I voted for Ed Sinclaire a Republican. Fellow residents sometimes we have to vote for the right person, and do whats right for our town, Mahwah. I learned we take in consideration all the facts before we make an informed decision, however politics will always be politics, the best man did not win this election! However Mahwah will have to live with the results and I respect that, it is still the USA. I will only say we are watching Mr. Mayor Dont be vendictictive especially towards theDPW. Lets work together. Mahwah is Great place to live. Lets preserve it. Aho!
Andy Schmidt November 10, 2012 at 11:14 PM
But Allan - that's actually the GOOD part. While this year a big deal was attempted to be made of whatever party candidates might favor in the national and state elections - in reality that has no bearing on how well someone handles specific township issues. We need our elected officials to be in touch with what kind of Mahwah residents want and then stick up for THAT - regardless of which party like-minded or opposite-minded people might favor in the "big" elections. The worst that could happen is that a bunch of party members get together and oppose everything another person proposes just out of "principle". Now that the election is over, hopefully so is the stale-mate of the lame-duck council.
Andy Schmidt November 10, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Wallace - absolutely!
Mona Lot November 11, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Jessica.I really don't like your heading for this article,you could have chosen better
Regenbogen November 11, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I have to agree with you Mona, the word "loser" sounds somewhat downgrading to me.
Shaun November 12, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Downgrading? You must be kidding. What word would you have chosen that gets the same point across? People in this country are becoming so soft.
Carter Morris, Sr. November 12, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Rather than saying majority of Mahwah voted for 'losers' I think the American people in general will 'lose' as a result of this election.
Ellen Z November 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Clearly LaForet benefited from his lucky ballot position in the Republican column. Shame on him selling Mahwah to the highest bidders from Hudson County!
JP November 15, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Half the people of this country would resent the fact that you think you know what's best for them. Actually, voting for our current president (which you allude to) is the best thing that can happen to this country and the 98% of us that need the changes he proposes.


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