Freeholder Race Returns Incumbents


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The four existing at-large freeholders in Essex County were handily returned to office in Tuesday’s election, but the race was much closer for the seat for District 4, which includes Verona. According to unofficial election results, Leonard M. Luciano narrowly beat Joseph Chiusolo by 12,822 to 12,592 votes. Luciano was running as the quasi-incumbent after having been appointed to his seat this past summer by County Executive Joseph N.DiVincenzo Jr. when Freeholder Linda Lordi Cavanaugh retired before her term expired. Chiusolo, a small business owner, has served as both a Council member and mayor of Cear Grove. Marilynn English, a Verona resident running for one of the at-large seats, won just 2,585 votes.


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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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