Here is a summary of the election results from Morris County:
The Freeholder election in Morris (32,000 to 52,000), and the legislative elections in Districts 21, 24, 25, and 26 continue to be solidly GOP. We are still some distance away from being able to take Legislative seats in this part of the state. Dana Wefer got the closest but was still about 6,000 or so short of the right-wing Carroll/Merkt cabal. That said, the party is continuing to make progress at the local level:
1. Democrat Ron Goldberg is holding a 34 vote lead over GOP opponent Dan Caffrey for Morris Twp Committee. If the provisionals and absentee recount hold up, Ron will be the 2nd Democrat this year to win in Morris Township following Jeff Grayzels win in May.
2. Democrats in Morris Plains, had their first win in many years as Jason Karr was able to secure a seat on the council.
3. Democrat and progressive activist Nelson Vaughan, won a landslide victory for Mayor of Chatham Boro. An independant ally of Vaughan won a seat on the Boro Council, giving Vaughan a working council majority (2 Dems are on council).
4. Democrats swept the Mayor and Council seats in East Hanover, thus retaking control of the council in the process.
5. A Mine Hill Council seat and a Chatham Twp Committee seat were lost, largely as the result of 2 party switches from a divided local party.
6. Democrats lost two seats on the Morristown council, largely the result of people disenchanted with 2 local personalities on the council. They still hold a 5-2 Majority, and one of the two seats lost was to a progressive independant. A seat was also lost in Victory Gardens due to similar circumstances.
Overall, the party is continuing to build on local wins, but still has a distance to go to start picking up legislative seats in the county.