Linwood remains a Republican stronghold

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LINWOOD – This Republican stronghold kept the trend going Tuesday as residents picked Republicans over Democrats across the board.

Republican Ward 1 City Councilman Tim Tighe staved off a challenge from former Democratic City Councilman Gene Maier 657-397. Councilman Ralph Paolone in Ward 2 and Mayor Rick DePamphilis were uncontested in their re-election bids.

The freeholder at-large race will send former Linwood City Councilman and former Freeholder John Risley back to the board along with Linwood City Councilman Alex Marino. The top two vote getters, Marino garnered 1,423 votes in his hometown and Risley collected 1,377, while Democratic candidates incumbent Jim Schroeder tallied 705 and Colin Bell got 655.

In the race for New Jersey Senate, incumbent Democrat Jim Whelan won re-election to represent the 2nd Legislative District, but in Linwood he polled behind Republican challenger Vince Polistina 1,163 to 1,062.

In the race for two Assembly seats in which the top two vote-getters win a seat, former Linwood City Councilman John Amodeo topped all candidates with 1,522 votes, and his running mate Chris Brown pulled in 1,340 votes. Democratic candidates Damon Tyner finished third with 789 votes and Alisa Cooper was last with 655.

Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson, a Linwood favorite son, won in a rout with 1,756 votes to Democratic challenger Cliff Sudler’s 442. The race for sheriff was decided early on with incumbent Republican Frank Balles nabbing 1,525 votes compared with 619 for Dennis Munoz.

Though incumbent Democrat Ed McGettigan would end the evening victorious countywide, Linwood voters favored Republican challenger Michele Verno 1,162 to 995.

In the District 3 freeholder race incumbent Republican Frank Sutton will return for another three-year term. Linwood helped by sending him a 1,393 to 658 lead over Democratic challenger Denise Farina.

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