Bad year for incumbent mayors

Of the four Mayors running in yesterday’s non-partisan municipal election who are elected directly by the voters, only one survived: Mahwah Mayor Richard Martel defeated former Councilman Gary Paton by a 64%-36% margin. Incumbents were defeated in Vineland, Perth Amboy and Cape May City. Mayors did not seek re-election in Orange (where Mims Hackett is under federal indictment), Montclair, Delran, Bradley Beach and Spotswood.

The incumbents didn’t even come close: two-term Vineland Mayor Perry Barse lost 51%-32%; Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas lost 61%-39%; and Jerome Inderwies lost 49%-43% in Cape May City.

Bad year for incumbent mayors