BOONTON — In Boonton, James Lynch, the Republican candidate, garnered 1,400 votes, outshining his Democratic rival, Marie DeVenezia, who had 1,017 votes, in the contest for mayor.
A Boonton resident for over thirty years, Lynch is a Certified Public Accountant. His Boonton-based accounting firm, which he established and has been growing for the past three decades, has seen consistent success.
His academic background includes a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a Finance Minor from Wilkes University. His political tenure includes service as a Boonton Alderman/Council Member from 2014 to 2022, during which he also served as the board president for several years. In his multifaceted role, he chaired the Finance, Police, and Economic Development committees and served as the liaison to the Boonton Board of Education and the Morris County Board of County Commissioners. His contributions extended to being a member of the planning and land use board and serving as the Treasurer of the Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce.
Jim, alongside his wife Debra, are parents of five children and is a grandfather to two.
On January 1, Lynch is set to be inaugurated as mayor, succeeding the outgoing Mayor, Richard Corcoran, who opted not to run for another term. The duration of the mayoral term is four years.
Meanwhile, DeVenezia will continue her role as a Council member for Ward 2 after being sworn in for a two-year term on January 1, 2023.
Additionally, the local elections witnessed Republican John Meehan securing a victory over Democrat John Holly for Ward 1, whereas Democrat Jacob Hettrich narrowly defeated Republican Edward Robillard by six votes in Ward 2. In Ward 3, Republican Robert Murray won the seat by a margin of nine votes against Lauren Wills, and in Ward 4, Republican Alexis Minson prevailed over Jessica Fricchione with a 63-vote lead.
The newly elected officials are poised to be sworn in at 1:00 p.m. on the first day of January, during the annual Reorganization and Regular Meeting at the municipal center located at 100 Washington Street in Boonton.
Editors Note: Results are unofficial. Early Voting and Initial Mail-In Ballots Counted and await Final Mail-In and Provisional Ballot Results.