This story was updated at 23:37
NORTH JERSEY – Polling stations are closed and unofficial voting totals are underway for the 39th District Assembly race.
With 100 percent of the constituency reporting, the Associated Press declared incumbent Republicans Robert Auth and Deanne DeFuccio the main race winners.
The total unofficial votes are shown below:
- Robert Auth (i), R – 5,462
- DeAnne DeFuccio (i), R – 5,242
- Jean Azzariti, R – 3 265
- Jonathan Kurpis, R – 3,029
- Karlito Almeda, D –
- Melinda Iannuzzi, D –
Azzariti and Kurpis won Passaic County, but Auth and DeFucci were supported by their performance in Bergen County.
Due to the undisputed nature of the Democratic primary, the Associated Press declared Almeda and Iannuzzi the winners of the 39th.
Auth has been a member of the General Assembly since 2014, and is a member of three committees: trade and economic development, financial institutions and insurance, and justice.
DeFuccio won a special election in March to take the seat of Holly Schepisi, elected to the Senate in 2021, replacing the late Gerald Cardinale.
Almeda, 26, a resident of Mahwah, is a graduate of Ramapo College and deputy legislative director to Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg.
He hopes to win the seat, paving the way not only for young people entering the workforce facing “one of the worst economic downturns of our time”, but also for solving community problems in the district.
“Right now, my peers are entering the workforce in one of the worst economic downturns of our time, and as a result, more young adults are living at home with their parents than since the Great Depression. lawmakers who represent us – working families wondering in the middle of the night how they’re going to pay their family’s medical bills, food, rent, mortgages; grandmothers who fear they can’t afford to live in the community where she raised her family, my peers who want their own chance to achieve the American dream – a good job, affordable housing, a clean environment and good health care, ”he said in a Q&A Patch.
Read more: Electoral profile: Karlito Almeda for the 39th Assembly of the NJ
Iannuzzi was joined on Tuesday by Senate candidate Ruth Dugan at a polling station in Westwood, even amid storms in the area.
Tuesday’s election will determine a party nomination, and the results are not official until certified by the county clerk.
Patch will update this story as the results arrive.
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