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Republicans Sweep Westfield Election

Jackie Lieberman

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 • 9:34pm

WESTFIELD, NJ — The unofficial results are in and Republican Andy Skibitsky can look forward to a third term as mayor of Westfield, beating Democratic hopeful Dave Haas. Though mail-in ballots had not yet been counted on the evening of Nov. 5, the results were clear. Voter turnout in Westfield was at 43 percent.

The Third Ward elected Republican David Oliveira for town council. Ward Four elected re-elected Keith Loughlin. First Ward Councilman Sam Della Fera and Second Ward Councilwoman Vicki Kimmins, who were running unopposed, have been re-elected, as well.

Voters approved the school bond referendum, which will allow $2.7 million in state aid to be used toward fixing the remainder of the district’s roofs, with a vote of 6,229 “yes” to 1,529 “no.”

Board of Education members Ginny Leiz, Brendan Galligan and Mitchell Slater, who were running unopposed, were re-elected with votes of 3114, 3116 and 3308, respectively, according to the Union County Clerk's Office.

“I’m just very pleased that the residents of Westfield saw the talents in our candidates and the results that we’ve had over the past four years,” said Skibitsky, who had 4,925 votes to Haas’s 3,902. “I’m extremely excited about working on the behalf of all of the residents over the next term.”

Oliveira, who had 1,067 votes to Matt Sontz’s 972 votes, told The Alternative Press, “I’d like to thank the residents of the Third Ward for their support of my campaign and I look forward to serving them as their councilman.”

“I’m very grateful to the voters of the Fourth Ward for their support of me and I will continue to work hard for them,” said Keith Loughlin, who beat Jack Walsh 1,222 to 933.

“I’m honored to serve the Second Ward again, my childhood neighborhoods, and I thank everyone for supporting us,” said Vicki Kimmins, who received 1,173 votes at the polls that day.

Sam Della Fera, who got 1,578 votes, added, “I look forward to serving the residents of the First Ward for another four years. Tonight was a win for the Town of Westfield.”

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