Christine McGrath and Alex Roman have coasted to re-election to the Verona Town Council. For McGrath, who is now leading the unofficial results with 1,703 votes, it will be a second term; for Roman, who got 1,657 votes, it will be a third. Christian Strumolo finished third with 689 votes. Only 23.6% of all registered voters in Verona cast ballots.
“I want to thank the voters of Verona for their overwhelming support,” McGrath said in a statement. “I am thrilled to be able to serve our community for another four years. Congratulations to Alex Roman for winning his third term in office. I am excited to continue to work with him, Jack McEvoy, Cynthia Holland, and Christopher Tamburro for the next two years as we tackle some of Verona’s biggest challenges and opportunities.”
“I would like to thank the voters of the Township of Verona for casting their ballots in furtherance of the best interests of our community so that we can move forward together,” Roman said. “I am excited for what we can accomplish over the next four years. This election is a testament to the power of principles over politics and a pragmatic, teamwork approach to decision-making. I pledge to continue my approach to collaborative leadership in Verona as we work together to build upon our success as a community.”
“Congratulations to both Alex and Christine on winning the election,” Strumolo said in his statement. “I wish them the best of luck. I will continue to advocate for Verona residents and our children. Thank you for the opportunity.”
Both McGrath and Roman increased their vote totals from the 2019 election, when they last ran against each other. McGrath won the 2019 election by a wide margin, 1,344 votes to 843 for Roman. Roman was first elected to Town Council in 2015, when he was the second place finisher that year with 1,448 votes.
Strumolo had previously run for Council in 2005, finishing sixth in a field of eight candidates with 618 votes.
The results are not final until they are certified by the Essex County Clerk, which can take about a week.