Badolato and Miller will retain their council seats

Ryan peters wins eighth legislative district.

Two incumbents of the Berlin First party will retain their seats on Borough Council.

Berlin First candidates and current Councilmen Leonard Badolato and Richard Miller finished ahead in the race to keep their seats, beating Republican candidates Joseph A. Adolf and Nick D. Maccaroni.

“This was not just a win for me and Rick. It was a win for council as a whole,” Badolato said. “Now, we have a council with a vision for the future, and we’re coming up with new ways to keep improving things … Everybody has a little expertise in something. We work together as much as we can.”

The unofficial results from the Camden County website report Badolato with 874 votes and Miller with 892 votes, ahead of Adolf’s 485 votes and Maccaroni’s 506 votes.

“We’re trying to instill a sense of pride in Berlin,” Badolato said. “And, I think, in the past few years after me, Rick and (Mayor James Bilella) got in, there’s been a lot of involvement from a lot of different people in town and it’s bringing a real sense of community.”

In the Berlin Borough Board of Education election, four candidates were vying for three seats. The winners include Jocelyn Lewis, with 732 votes, Francis J. Ballak with 630 and Francine M. Viscome with 700.

In the Eastern Camden County Regional School District Board of Education election, only one seat was up. As the only candidate, incumbent Gail David keeps her position on the BOE.

Democrat Phil Murphy will serve as the next governor, clinching 1,154,978 votes throughout the entire state and 80,029 in Camden County, according to the New Jersey Board of Elections.

With 30,280 votes, incumbent state Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego will remain in office for the eighth legislative district. Republican incumbent Assemblyman Joe Howarth has retained his seat. Republican Ryan Peters won the second General Assembly seat of the 8th legislative district with 28,206 votes.

Incumbent county freeholders Jonathan L. Young, Sr. and Louis Cappelli, Jr. will remain on the board.

There were also two statewide referendums on the ballot this year. The first was, “Do you approve the ‘New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act?’ This bond act authorizes the state to issue bonds in the aggregate principal amount of $125 million. The proceeds of the bonds will be used to provide grants to public libraries. The grants will be used to build, equip, and expand public libraries to increase capacity and serve the public.”

Some 933,245 New Jerseyans answered “yes,” including 61,886 from Camden County.

The second was, “Do you approve amending the Constitution to dedicate all moneys collected by the state relating to natural resource damages in cases of contamination of the environment? The moneys would have to be used to repair, restore, replace, or preserve the state’s natural resources. The moneys may also be used to pay legal or other costs incurred by the state in pursuing its claims.”

Some 1,053,895 voters answered “yes,” as well, including 69,168 from Camden County.