It's Official: Swain, Peluso and Cosgrove Win Council Seats
Fair Lawn's Borough Council will have a Republican majority for the first time in more than a decade
Democrats Lisa Swain (3,901 votes) and Kurt Peluso (3,644 votes), and Republican John Cosgrove (3,733 votes) finished as the three highest vote-getters in Tuesday's election, the Fair Lawn Municipal Clerk's Office confirmed late Tuesday night.
The winners will join Republicans Ed Trawinski and Jeanne Baratta on Fair Lawn's borough council come January.
Democratic Chairman Barry Winston said it will be the first time the Republicans have controlled Fair Lawn's council since 1998.
In all, seven candidates vied for the three open borough council seats, all of which are currently held by Democrats.
Swain, Fair Lawn’s mayor and the night's top vote-getter, was the only incumbent running. Neither Deputy Mayor Joe Tedeschi nor Deputy Mayor Steve Weinstein sought re-election.
Democratic candidate Cristina Cutrone finished fourth and out of the running with 3,475 votes.
Independent Stuart Pace, who was seeking to become the first non-affiliated candidate to win a council seat in Fair Lawn history, received 720 votes.
The split vote that brought two Democrats onto council but gave the Republicans a council majority left both the Democratic and Republican afterparties somewhat subdued. Both parties said they had expected a full sweep.