Third update: Democratic nomination, Kearny Third Ward council seat — unofficial tally has Esteves the winner

In the race for Kearny’s Third Ward Democratic council nomination, here’s an updated look at the vote tally, as reported by the Hudson County Clerk’s Office. Please note — this is yet to be certified, but these are the results with 9 of 9 districts completed.

Fred Esteves — 334 votes
Renato da Silva — 262 votes

As it appears now, Esteves is the presumptive winner. However, given the pace the results came in, we wouldn’t be surprised to see these numbers change for a myriad of reasons.

This unofficial tally represents Esteves with 56% of the vote and da Silva with 44% of the votes.

A total of 596 ballots have been cast in the Third Ward, an exceptionally low turnout.

If these results do stick, da Silva immediately becomes a lame duck. He was appointed to his seat late last year against the wishes of Mayor Carol Jean Doyle, whose seat he took after she became mayor. da Silva will continue to serve in an appointed capacity until November, when Esteves would square off against Republican nominee, businessman Jorge Santos. The winner of that race would take office as soon as Town Clerk Patricia Carpenter certifies that election.

Then, the seat would be up, once again, in 2025, in addition to three other council seats and the mayor’s seat.

Doyle, meanwhile, supported Esteves in his bid for the nomination, and was her choice to fill the seat that ultimately went to da Silva.

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