Maura DeNicola (center), one of three Republican freeholders elected Tuesday night, mingles with attendees at the Republicans' victory party in Hackensack.
Challenger John Mitchell received 108,877 votes, Maura DeNicola
tallied 108,527 and ï»¿John Felice totaled 107,371 to top Democratic incumbent Elizabeth Calabrese's 100,942 votes, ï»¿John Hogan's 97,880ï»¿ and James Carroll's 96,924.
"One of the best and sweetest parts of this victory is that we did it all together," DeNicola
said during her
victory speech in Hackensack.ï»¿
In a year where the recession still hangs over the county, the Republican challengers put taxes at the forefront of their campaigns.
"I feel that the taxpayers, the voters, have spoken," DeNicola
DeNicola, the mayor of Franklin Lakes, has also served on the borough's Board of Education, Borough Council, and Planning Board.
She is a member of the board of trustees for Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey.
Mitchell, a retired government operations director with Con Edison, has not held elected office before.
was defeated four times in runs for the Cliffside Park Borough Council
"What didn't happen before it was built and before these tens of millions of dollars were put forward was a comprehensive plan that would include municipalities," DeNicola
said at last month's debate.
said the Democrats' displayed a lack of transparency in completing the project.
"What's gone on there has not been accountable, has not been transparent and has nothing to do with the environment," she
said at the debate.