After all ballots were counted and cured, Perth Amboy election results were certified by Middlesex County on Nov 20th 2020. The results are that a runoff election for Perth Amboy Mayor and Council will occur because no candidate received the required 50% plus 1 of the votes. Perth Amboy voters passed a law that requires a candidate to get a majority of votes to win for municipal office. The runoff for Mayor will be between Mayor Wilda Diaz who received 33% of votes and Councilman/Democratic Party Chair Helmin Caba who received 30% of the votes. The runoff for City Council will be between the Caba Slate of Rose Morales and BJ Torres and the Diaz Slate of Junior Iglesias and Bernadette Falcon.
Joe Vas Jr., son of the former Mayor, ran a strong issues-based campaign for Mayor and finished with 24% of the vote. During his campaign he took on the issue of the expired rent control board and the board was reinstated.
The Perth Amboy Runoff Election will be vote by mail, with ballots mailed out again like the general election. Ballots will be mailed out Thanksgiving weekend and will be due by Dec 15th.
The Perth Amboy School Board Election saw Marisol Gonzalez elected. Marisol, who has dual Master’s degrees in occupational therapy and education, was the other legacy in this exciting Perth Amboy election, the daughter of former School Board President Obdulia Gonzalez and Councilman Fernando Gonzalez. She was elected along with her Team Caba running mates former Perth Amboy teacher, Principal/VP Michael George and PRAHD’s Stacy Peralta. Former Perth Amboy principal Ronald Anderson was also elected.
The overall voter turnout in Perth Amboy was 15,311, up from the last wave election in 2016 (14,370). Democrat Presidential Candidate Joe Biden received 71.35% of the Perth Amboy vote. Marijuana legalization was overwhelming supported by Perth Amboy voters.