Kearny Mayor Al Santos cruised to victory in his first primary election since 2003, besting real estate professional Sydney Ferreira by an over 3-to-1 margin and scoring a clean sweep with his council running mates all winning comfortably as well.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“On behalf of myself and my running mates, I’d like to thank each and every one of you for entrusting us to continue serving the Town of Kearny,” Santos wrote on Facebook.
“This has been a historic election, and in these unprecedented times, our team has remained committed to you — the residents of Kearny. Thank you again, our work to keep our town moving forward continues now.”
Santos, also the chair of the Kearny Democratic Committee and the clerk for the Hudson County Board of Commissioners, is now a sure thing to serve an eighth term.
Preliminary tallies from his campaign show Santos leading 2,030 votes to 663.
Joining him in the winners circle are four council incumbents: Marytrine DeCastro in the 1st Ward, Richard Konopka in the 2nd Ward, Carol Jean Doyle in the 3rd Ward, and 4th Ward Councilman Gerald Ficeto.
Ferreira ran with candidates contesting races in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Wards, though his 2nd Ward candidate, Alexis Campos, had to run a write-in campaign after a judge removed her from the ballot for not meeting the residency requirement.