Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle, a Democrat, won her bid for a second term, according to unofficial results.
With 100% of precincts reporting, Brindle had 6,696 votes and former Councilwoman JoAnn Neylan, a Republican, had 5,460. A post on Brindle’s Facebook page said, “We did it Westfield – again” and featured a group of people cheering.
Brindle, a former HBO executive, said during her first four years in office the tax and spending rates were lowered, nearly half the roads in town were paved, crime was reduced by 34%, and she prioritized safeguarding the environment and the town’s history as well as professionalizing Town Hall.
Neylan, an attorney who works as a public defender and formerly served as the Ward 2 council representative for 16 years, campaigned on wanting to keep town streets safe, the town financially secure, provide adequate sports fields to local children and address residents’ quality-of-life issues. She was looking to revive the downtown, prevent overdevelopment and improve township services such as parks and athletic fields.
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