Turnout light for two council seats

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:13

    WEST MILFORD-Few voters turned out on June 8 for the New Jersey primary election. Some 509 Democrats and 1002 Republicans cast ballots of the 15,447 total registered voters. The 1,511 votes comprise 9.8 percent of those registered. Local results for two seats on the town council had Republican incumbent Dennis Kirwan with 578 votes. Close behind was Kenneth Freedman with 557 votes according to figures released by the Township Clerk's Office. Independent James Novack, running as a Republican, pulled in 444 votes. Democrats looking to fill the two council seats that will open up at the end of the year ran uncontested. Athough the current council is entirely Republican, only 3,617 are registered as Republicans and 2,095 as Democrats. There are 88 residents registered as Independents, and 9,647 are undeclared as to party affiliation. Although the Township Clerk's office had failed to tally Democrats votes by midday Wednesday, the Passaic County Board of Elections said 380 votes were garnered by Robert Nolan and 384 votes were for James Warden. The County Board of Elections told The Messenger it had received the results considerably earlier from the Town Clerk's office.   The Passaic County Board of Elections would not give final numbers but they said county democrats ran unopposed. In the race for Passaic County Sheriff, Democratic incumbant  Sheriff Speziale will run against Republican Mark Michalski, in November. Republicans Mike Mecca and Walter Porter will face democrats Terry Duffy and  Pat Lepore, current Mayor of West Paterson, for County Freeholders.  Competing for the county clerk's position will be Democrat Charles Thomas and Republican Ronni Nochimson.