DeLuca and Dafis Win Maplewood Township Committee Race

Victor DeLuca and Dean Dafis, both Democrats, won seats for a three-year term on the five-person Maplewood Township Committee on Tuesday, defeating Republican Mike Summersgill.

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%).

Vic DeLuca and Dean Dafis

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.”

Dafis thanked Maplewood residents for their support and confidence. “Today was a big win for all of us all across the country and sets us up well to flip many seats in the midterms next year,” he wrote in an email to Village Green. “I️ share this victory with all of you and I️ take the honor bestowed on me very seriously.  I️ intend to serve with humility, compassion, thoughtfulness, and conviction.  I️ look forward to our moving our community forward together.”
He continued, “I’m delighted that our next Governor is Phil Murphy, a true progressive voice and guardian for working class families, and I️ intend to hold him accountable on state aid, school funding, infrastructure improvements, property tax relief, and criminal justice reform.  In Maplewood, I️ look forward to rebooting our police department, increasing our public safety, finalizing a fire department merger with South Orange, looking into other shared services and mutual aid agreements, adopting a sensible home sharing legislation that will allow our seniors to age in place, negotiating better for our town with developers, and commercially developing Springfield and Irvington Avenues to better accommodate all of our incoming new apartment residents.  I️ also look forward to building a new library that will better serve our current community and future generations.
Behind every person’s accomplishments is a great team.  I️ intend to not squander the incredible goodwill of all of you that made this victory happen tonight.  I️ hope to make you all proud.  Onward together!”
Mike Summersgill

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.

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