WESTFIELD – The
Republican slate swept all four council races in Westfield,
amassing an aggregate of 4,348 votes to the Democrats’ 2,916.
By 9 p.m. on
Tuesday, with all precincts unofficially reporting tallies, the
throng at the James Ward Mansion cheered as Republicans Frank
Arena, Jo Ann Neylan, Mark Ciarrocca and James Foerst were
guarantees a 6-2 Republican-controlled council through 2009.
re-election Tuesday night, Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (LD-21),
chairman of the Westfield Republicans, told the crowd at the
Ward Mansion that the GOP ticket was "built on hard
representative Keith Loughlin said, "The voters have spoken…[The
Republican candidates] have worked their tails off."
Mayor Andy Skibitsky, up for
reelection in 2009, touted the "great job" of the
incumbents, which "makes my job as mayor very, very
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