With roughly 86% of the votes in as of 10 p.m., DeLuca had 6,136 votes (46%); Dafis 5,746 (43%); and Summersgill’s 1,437 votes (10%).
DeLuca is now serving his 6th three-year term on the Township Committee and his 12th year as Mayor of Maplewood. This was Dafis’ first, and Summersgill’s second, run for the TC.
“Thank you to the Maplewood voters for their support and expression of confidence in me,” DeLuca wrote in a statement sent via email to Village Green. “I look forward to another three years on the Township Committee and am prepared to tackle the big local issues of property taxes, shared services, a library for the future and stronger bonds between the police and community.”
DeLuca added, “I look forward to working with Governor Phil Murphy on a new school funding formula that benefits Maplewood. I am so happy to have someone on the statehouse who will be a grown up and act in the interest of people of New Jersey. I also am prepared to take on the regressive and reactionary actions and policies of President Donald Trump. We must stop his assault on the people of this country and around the world.”
Republican challenger Mike Summersgill was gracious in his concession: “I want to congratulate Mayor DeLuca and Dean Dafis for their wins and campaigns,” said Summersgill in a statement to the Village Green. “Tonight’s election was another stop on the train line. I’m proud of the people we picked up this year and you keep me energized. Like riding N.J. Transit, we know where we are going and just don’t know how long it will take. Thank you to everyone for your support. I’m especially grateful for the Maplewood Republican committee for their help with my campaign.”
The Village Green will update this article when we receive Dean Dafis’s statement.