RESULTS: Current Mayor Mary DePaola Comments on the Election Results

The latest results out of Scotch Plains and Fanwood.


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Updated at 10 a.m. on Nov. 8, to include Mayor DePaola's comments.

Updated 10p.m. to include the latest results.

Democrats, Kevin Glover and Colleen Gialanella celebrated their win at a private residence on Tuesday evening.

Glover and Gialanella each received over 1,000 more votes than current mayor, Mary DePaola and current Councilman, Edward Saridaki (see charts below for exact numbers).

The two democrats noted the results indicated a defining moment for the Township of Scotch Plains.

Glover addressed supporters by saying that the election has never been about himself and Gialanella, but rather the residents of Scotch Plains.

"We will be a better Scotch Plains," Glover said.

He added that the two will be there to serve the community and move Scotch Plains forward.

Glover also stated that citizens are still hurting and the government of Scotch Plains needs to focus on getting them back on their feet. He added that he and Gialanella have a wonderful agenda to do so.

Gialanella added that she is obviously excited the democrats have won and that she is ready to get things done in Scotch Plains. 

She said she was extremely impressed by the professionalism of the Democratic Party and even more impressed with the spirit of the people of Scotch Plains. 

On a personal note, Gialanella called upon her opponent, Edward Saridaki, stating he was a gentleman throughout the election process to both her and her children.

"He should definitely be commended," she said.

Glover called on the wonderful people in the community of Scotch Plains and announced that the residents need leadership, indicating he and Gialanella are there to give it to them.

Democratic Committee Chairman, Lou Beckerman, said Scotch Plains' was ready for a change.

He stated he was thrilled the campaign was a success and is looking forward to the leadership of Glover and Gialanella.

Updated to include Mayor DePaola's comments:

Current Mayor, Mary DePaola, said her biggest regret and disappointment was that she let so many fantastic people down.

DePaola said that she had a great group of people working with her on the campaign and letting them down was very sad. 

"Usually there is some fundamental flaw with a candidate," she said. "I accept that responsbility."

Additionally, DePaola said once she found out the results she called Glover to congratulate him.

DePaola said she has seen Glover many times since the election and he is working with the township for an easy transition in January. She stated that the two will continue to work together throughout the year.

Republican Chairman, Martin Marks, felt the results were strongly influenced by the storm and electricity issues.

He pointed out that prior to the storm polling was conducted and the Republican candidates were in the lead.

Marks said he cannot blame residents for taking into consideration the power issues. Adding that it is irrational and unfortunate, but understandable.

"People are hurting out there," he said.

He also expressed that due to the weather issues, he felt residents took other issues off the table.

Marks closed by saying on behalf of the Republican party, "We're disappointed, without a doubt."

For the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education, Betty Anne Woerner, Karen Kulikowski and Trip Whitehouse won as uncontested incumbents.

Scotch Plains Results

Race Democrats Results Republicans Results President Obama 5755 Romney 4735 Mayor Kevin Glover 5611 Mary DePaola 4161 Council Colleen Gialanella 5514 Edward Saridaki


Senate Menendez 5328 Kyrillos 4231

Scotch Plains also voted in Favor of House Representitive, Rush Holts.

For a look at the Freeholder election, check here. The democrats keep control over the Freeholder board.

Fanwood Results

Democrats win in the race for two council seats in Fanwood. 

Race Democratic Results Republican Results

Council Jack Molenaar

Mike Szuch 1454 Dan Levine 1660 Robert Manduca  1426

Original Story

Update: The Office of Emergency Management brought lights inside of Park Middle School, as well as outside, to keep the polling place well lit for voters after nightfall. 

Although many residents of Scotch Plains and Fanwood are still without power, the polls are still open for those ready to go out and vote for the 2012 election.

In Scotch Plains, current Mayor, Mary DePaola(Republican) is running for re-election against council member, Kevin Glover (Democrat).

For council, Democratic candidate, Colleen Gialanella is running against Republican incumbent, Edward Saridaki.

In Fanwood, current council members and Republicans, Robert Manduca and Mike Szuch are running for re-election against Democrats, Jack Molenaar and Dan Levine.

Patch covered the most recent debates of the Fanwood and Scotch Plains candidates.

Where the Fanwood Candidates Stand on:

  • Consolidation and Shared Services
  • and

Where the Scotch Plains candidates stand:

  • Consolidation and Shared Services
  • The Special Improvement District (SID)
  • Sewer Utility Fee

Residents voting at Terrill Middle School voiced their excitement about going out to vote. Each resident Patch spoke with said a powerless home would not stop them from participating in election day.

Sonali Phatak, a teacher at Park Middle School, said having to wait until tonight to find out the winner was very nerve-wracking. 

She added that she believes Obama might win but knows the race is extremely close.

Phatak wouldn't say which candidate she is excited for, but it was clear that she was very excited and anxious to find out the results.

Other residents also expressed they felt Obama would win, despite if they were for him or not.

One resident yelled outside Terrill Middle School that the hoped they get rid of the current president.

Residents such as Dori D'Aloisio, her mother and Cindy Fleischer commented on the hurricane. The three woman all told Patch that although living without power for so long has been an inconvenience, that you have to put into perspective all of the families who have it much worse, some without homes to even return to.

Perspective was a word used a lot at both Park and Terrill Middle Schools, where voters turned out to cast their ballot despite having homes without electricity.

Pat and Warren McFall commented on how well run Terrill Middle School was in handling voters, especially those displaced from Coles, such as themselves.

The couple was a little confused as where to go since they are not used to voting at Terrill, but they said the system was very well organized and the poll worked were very helpful.

The McFall's added that they are very glad to see most of the schools have power and hope that all the children could get back to school soon.

Pat also mentioned that hurricane wouldn't stop them from voting, she even brought her 94-year-old mother to vote in Summit. 

On Facebook, Twitter and in the Patch comments, some residents said the handling of the hurricane in Scotch Plains definitely impacted they way they voted for the local election.

However, at the polling places, most residents were just eager to cast their votes for the next President of the United States.

Tell us in the comments if the efforts post-Sandy impacted the way you voted in the local election.

Patch has been covering the candidates since they announced their canadacy. You can find our election guide here.

For a link out to all of our previous election coverage visit our Scotch Plains-Fanwood Elections 2012 page.

Keep checking back with scotchplains.patch.com, we will update this article with new information and the results as soon as we receive them!


Barney Oldfield November 07, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Mitt Romney was basically running for President full time for 6 years. Yet, he was gracious in defeat because he is a class act. Why can't the Republican leadership in Scotch Plains follow the same example? Are we going to see Marks and other Republicans disrupting council meetings with criticisms and attacks as they have in the past when they were not in power? Or can our politicians finally work together for the betterment of the community. Even in light of the tremendous mandate given to Mr. Glover, it is hard to be optimistic.
Movin on November 07, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Well said Mr Patti. But unfortunately it should not be you who resigns from the committee. Its time for Marks to step down. He has been the prime example of whats wrong here. He has lost his last three elections and now as chairman of the SP republican committee, lost this one too. He needs to take a bus and pick up the likes of the last oh his cronies, Pappen and Coronato and move on. I wish Mary best of luck. Also I wish Ms. Malool the best and thank them for their service. But as Mayor of the town YOU make decisions not the party hacks. And no one should be thrown under the bus for doing what they think is best. The voters have spoken and now its time to get to work. Marks..don't go away mad just go away.
neveragain November 07, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Maybe she should have taken your advice when she attacked Nancy Malool and her family during the debates. Nancy "has been a part of our community for a long time" too. There's no need to be mean-spirited and nasty - that's Marks' specialty - but Mary is a big girl and she choose to be part of the electoral process. She should be prepared to accept criticism for her actions and to graciously accept the election results. Her silence in this regard, just like her silence and inaction in this storm crisis, speaks volumes. Great comment by Barney, below!
monica November 07, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I do agree with most of what you said, Mr. Patti. Especially the fact that Mary is a mother in town and I am sure her children and their friends/families read the Patch. I think what some of us fail to realize is that when people get involved in local government, they do so because they think they have something to offer the community and want to make their town a better place. . . . . and sometimes politics gets in the way. Mary is a good person and a wonderful mother, and I am sure regardless of the outcome of the election, she will still continue to do what she thinks is best to make this town a great place to raise a family.
ready for change November 07, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Congrats to Mr. Glover. Looking forward to a change in our town. Please leave Mrs. DePaolas responsibilty as mothe out of this. As a previous commenter said, she's a good person, just not a good mayor. Mr. Marks can blame whomever he wants. Bottom line, the mayor lost the race herself. Her lack of presence during this time is still mind blowing to me. How can some one who took an oath to servce be so non-existent. As for the whole Holden thing, that's a joke. How could ANY publication post just a letter from someone who cant even give his name. No newspaper would have printed such baloney. To credit him in swaying voters, what a crock.
Transparent November 07, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Dear Ready, They posted your letter. And I noticed you did not give your name either.. Welcome to America
neveragain November 07, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I guess we have to say this again: Review your American history. There is a long tradition of using pseudonyms for political writings. During the American Revolution, the newspapers were filled with such comments and critiques. Our own first governor, William Livingston, was a major contributor of such pieces. So, criticizing Patch for publishing Holden's comments is just plain unAmerican!! Why don't you use your name? Patch published your comment. Frankly, it's just sour grapes.
SP Resident November 07, 2012 at 06:08 PM
"Republican Chairman, Martin Marks, felt the results were strongly influenced by the storm and electricity issues." Ya think??? "Marks said he cannot blame residents for taking into consideration the power issues. Adding that it is irrational and unfortunate, but understandable." Mr. Marks, this is probably one of the more arrogant things I've heard you say...irrational?...are you kidding me? An entire town loses power and our mayor is no where to be found? 10 days of no electricity and no heat and it's irrational for people to be angry at the lack of attention from our local government? I'm a registered Republican, and the last time I voted Democratic was for Gerri Samuels (& my property taxes were raised significantly as a thank you!) but I would not vote yesterday for Mary DePaola or Ed Saridaki due to the lack of response to this storm, the water main break and the general direction this town is taking. I've lived here for 20 years and SP is NOT thriving...it is stagnant (or worse). Our property taxes have gone up yet our town services have gone down. I chose to abstain from my town council vote because I have no confidence in Mr. Glover either. The "leaders" of this town need to pay attention to the people who pay the taxes here...this means you, now, Mr. Glover. I hope you prove me wrong. Mr. Marks...if you care about SP...it's time to put aside your ego and arrogance. Admit defeat and next time present a candidate we can support wholeheartedly.
fanwoodlayd November 07, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Since I do not live in SP perhaps I should not respond, however, as compliments about the way the Borough of Fanwood pulled together with strong leadership from our Mayor I would like to suggest that everyone that reads, posts or otherwise is quick to step up to critize perhaps should walk a mile in their shoes! No one person does anything alone, one person does not our government make, but rather it is the sum of its parts. So, if you want Mr. Glover and the new SP leadership to succeed, then everyone should make a contribution and step up to the plate. One of the best assets that Mayor Mahr exhibits is that she listens....listens to both her supporters and her critics. She knows who she can trust and when she should simply smile and thank them for their comments. She is surrounded by dedicated employees who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work in tandem with the entire community....businesses & residents as well as building a coalition of other municipal, county, & state leaders. So SP, you're all in this together. If you want a better community, start building it in tandem with your newly elected leaders.
ready for change part two November 07, 2012 at 09:02 PM
no sour grapes here, read my comment, my guy one. I was just asking do not attack someone because of their family. NEver and Transparent, you too have chosen to "hide" behing a name. I am very well aware of our American History and our constitution....watch your insults. I once, only once every made a comment here. I get it, if you don't agree don't post.....not to worry..learn my lesson. Also, I posted one simple comment, not a published three page editorial. I for one do not think HOlden is funny or intelligent. Before I get attacked by his "backer's", i won't be back. I will my news elsewhere.
ready for change part two November 07, 2012 at 09:04 PM
sorry **won**; let my emotions get the most of me.
neveragain November 07, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Recognizing Holden's right to be published under a pseudonym in this 21st-century version of a newspaper is not the same thing as being a "backer" of what he says. Most people come on here anonymously because many of those who don't get attacked personally. And who criticized Mary as a mother? She's been a pitiful mayor. Who said she was a bad person or a bad mother? Because she's a woman, does that mean she can't be criticized?
Barney Oldfield November 07, 2012 at 11:39 PM
I just heard a disturbing rumor. Hope it is not true but around town it is being said that Paul Malool, husband of our former Mayor Nancy Malool, was fired this morning from his job as the township's director of emergency management and replaced by our police chief, Brian Mahoney. If Mayor DePaola really did pull this vindictive crap, then she deserves to be criticized, lambasted, and cursed in spite of being a "mother". In fact, some might add a couple of syllables to "mother" to sum it up. I happen to think that Mr. Malool has done a terrific job trying to keep us informed during this crisis and if Mayor Mary thinks she is going to blame her incompetence on him, well, that's just a pathetic joke. I, again, hope this is just a rumor. If not, then, sorry Mayor, you may be a wonderful mother but you are not a nice person.
bgporter November 08, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Paul Malool posted to the SP/F group on Facebook earlier this evening: "she did something about the storm she fired me!!!"
SP mom November 08, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Talk about sinking to a whole new low...
We want the story November 08, 2012 at 01:22 AM
@Patch editor Nicole. Can you please follow up and contact the mayor to verify this and get a reason? The citizens of Scotch Plains deserve to know if the invisible mayor is now scape-goating her primary rival's husband. This also reeks of payback by Marks for having his childhood friend replaced as town attorney. You know, the attorney who's specialty is personal injury litigation, but Marks still decided was qualified to be our town's attorney. This story needs to be investigated and made front page.
SP_Person November 08, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Hold on here. I agree that Mrs DePaola dropped the ball during the storm but so did The Director of Emergency Management, Mr. Malool. Didn't we just have an emergency in this town? Isn't the director in charge of this response? Both of them were fired, one from the Mayor and the other from the citizens of the town. Too bad we didn't have different people in these positions 2 weeks ago.
Maggie November 08, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Monica- could you explain how this "good person" just fired Paul Malool the day after she was annihilated in the election? She sounds more like a vindictive shrew to me.
Robin November 08, 2012 at 12:49 PM
"Holy retaliation Batman" What a gutless, classless act. You throw Nancy under the bus. She writes a letter to the editor of the SP Times and you get beat by 1500 votes, And this is how you react. Just shows your lack of character and thos e around you Namely Marty Marks. No wonder Patti quit. You people are pathetic!!!
Chester A. Arthur November 08, 2012 at 03:10 PM
As far as I see it.. The Local Republican Party has some soul searching to do. Marty Marks, Depaola, Mahool.. The whole lot seems to operating like a dysfunctional family and I think that should be left to another forum. Let's put the past behind us and let's try working with Glover. This is Kevin Glover's opportunity to show the town what he and his party have to offerer. So to Mr. Glover I say, in the words of that big city mayor Mike Bloomberg, "Don't F*ck it up". I mean it, fairly sincerely actually. What are somethings you'd like to see from Mr. Glover? I, for one, would like to have better communications with town hall. Twitter, FB, Email, office hours, you name it. That breeds transparency.
Nicole Bitette (Editor) November 08, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Hi Taking, The article has been updated to include comments from Mayor DePaola.
Nicole Bitette (Editor) November 08, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Hi bwahaha, The article has been updated to include comments from Mayor DePaola.
Nicole Bitette (Editor) November 08, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Hi Maggie, Here's the latest on that.. http://scotchplains.patch.com/articles/former-sp-office-of-emergency-management-official-paul-malool-is-let-go
Nicole Bitette (Editor) November 08, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Hi Barney and BG, Here's the latest on that http://scotchplains.patch.com/articles/former-sp-office-of-emergency-management-official-paul-malool-is-let-go
Nicole Bitette (Editor) November 08, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Here it is. http://scotchplains.patch.com/articles/former-sp-office-of-emergency-management-official-paul-malool-is-let-go
Chester A. Arthur November 08, 2012 at 05:15 PM
I mean really. This whole town stinks of cronyism. Was he even qualified for the job to begin with? http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cronyism
Mike Hawk November 08, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Didn't former Mayor Nancy Malool appoint her husband to the OEM position a few years back? Does not that sound like cronyism???
neveragain November 08, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Read the updated article on his firing. It provides details. He was originally appointed by Marks. But cronyism still, since at that time Nancy was a full partner in Team Marty.
Rick Sands November 09, 2012 at 08:04 PM
So the Dems get their shot now. Mayor-Elect Glover has been a pretty big mud slinger too over the years & as much part of the nastiness as the GOP people slammed in these comments.. I just want my power back on Montague Ave and all the small time small town ugliness to end. ENOUGH already. Lots of luck to the new leaders & hopefully lessons learned
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