Listen to audio version of this article
In vote by mail tallies, incumbent South Orange Village President Sheena Collum is beating challenger Deborah Davis Ford by roughly 4-1.
It’s been a contentious, social media-centric nonpartisan election in the Essex County town.
Collum prides herself on being anti-establishment and against the grain of party politics. In a divided Essex, she has eschewed being branded either a Joe D. or Codey person.
In this campaign cycle, her allies have sought to depict Davis Ford – clerk of the Essex Freeholder Board – as a party organization person.
An 8:15 p.m. update by the Essex Clerk confirms: