PARSIPPANY – While the election season has officially concluded, uncertainty still looms over the upcoming Parsippany-Troy Hills town council swearing-in ceremony slated for January 1.
Judy Hernandez, a Democrat, initially secured the fourth position in the race for three available seats on the all-Republican town council when Election Day concluded, positioning Republicans Paul Carifi Jr., Adam Kandil, and Matt McGrath as the front-runners.
However, on November 15, after the inclusion of provisional and last-minute mail-in ballots, Hernandez made a significant leap to secure the third position, holding a mere two-vote lead over Kandil.
Her victory was officially certified by Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi. Nevertheless, Morris County Republican Committee Chair Laura Ali filed for a recount to challenge the results.
An election recount is a procedure in which the votes cast in an election are re-tabulated to verify the accuracy of the initial outcomes. Recounts are typically initiated in cases where there is a narrow margin of victory, allegations of election fraud have been made, or administrative errors are suspected.
Our sources indicate the recount is set for December 12. Should the election results remain unchanged, Hernandez will assume the role of the sole Democrat on the Parsippany five-member council.