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DiCarlo Formally Declared Winner in West Deptford Committee Race

The Democrat narrowly defeated GOP challenger Jeff Hansen in the race for township committee, according to election results certified Tuesday.

After weeks of waiting, Democrat Denice DiCarlo can officially celebrate her victory in the township committee race. 

The results of the close race were certified Tuesday afternoon by the Gloucester County Board of Elections, exactly three weeks after the Nov. 6 election. 

Preliminary results after the polls closed on election night showed DiCarlo ahead in the race by just 99 votes. 

Ultimately, DiCarlo defeated GOP challenger Jeff Hansen by 140 votes, according to the certified results. The final vote tally was 5,213 to 5073, with 11 write-in votes, once all provisional ballots and any cast remotely by residents displaced by Superstorm Sandy were counted. 

Hurricane Sandy disrupted the election process across New Jersey, and Gloucester County, while not has hard hit as other areas, was no exception. The state gave the county extra time to certify election results to account for any ballots from displaced voters.  

Tuesday's election results indicate DiCarlo picked up one vote, and Hansen seven, from voters affected by Sandy.

Township Republican Party Chairman Denny Forte said Hansen had called to concede to DiCarlo. The township GOP declined to concede earlier in the process, with officials saying they wanted to wait until the official vote totals were certified.

“I hope that Denice conducts herself in an honest manner because that is what West Deptford residents deserve and our town needs elected officials who are going to be straight with them,” Hansen said in a statement. 

Forte continues to remain optimistic about the progress of the Republican Party and what it means for the future of West Deptford. While President Barack Obama led former Gov. Mitt Romney by 1,599 votes in West Deptford, DiCarlo’s lead over Hansen was much slimmer. Forte said in his statement those numbers suggest a large number of Democratic and independent voters opted for Hansen—and calls it a bad sign for the Democratic Party. 

“The election results were a good sign for the [Republican] Party going into the 2013 election, even with our candidate falling short of his opponent,” said Forte. “Their actions have resonated across party lines and West Deptford residents agree that they will put West Deptford back on the path of fiscal responsibility and sound management.”

Editor's Note: This article was updated at 8:33 p.m. on Nov. 27 to include the statement of Republican Party Chair Denny Forte.  

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Occupant November 27, 2012 at 10:33 PM
I wouldn't consider it a win. There are no winners on the West Deptford Township Committee. Who in their right mind would want that thankless job. It's a wonder people still consider running for committee person. You really need a very thick skin to exist in that environment. How could you put up with the all departmental backstabbing, and the politics. People you never met hate you and call you all kinds of vile names via blogs, And then there's the drama at the public portion of the meetings with the same old blowhards standing up time and time again making stupid comments with never anything constructive or good to say about the committee. Good luck Denice, you will need it.
lookingahead November 28, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Is that back stabbing and unjustified hatred the result of a group of people afraid of what the truth will tell???? Only time will tell. Nope, I didn't vote for Denice but I will support her 100% if she does what she said she would do.....People first.....I'm all for it.
JD Ackley November 28, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Congratulations. Your public service is appreciated.
Dave S. November 28, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Could denice be our next mayor or our financial guru.time to put the house up for sale and move my business elsewhere. west deptford is certainly not urban America.
Twice Beaten November 28, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Congratulations on the victory Denise. All of their slander and lies against you and they still couldnt win. Maybe Jeff should talk to his buddies, Sam and Ray, about being honest with the residents because they seem to tell a different lie every week.
Occupant November 28, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Twice Beaten, Please enlighten us with your sampling of lies from Sam and Ray and I will debate each and every one with you on this forum. The election is over so there is no reason not to have an intelligent discussion of the facts in lieu of mud slinging and name calling..
Wayne Klotz November 28, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Dave's. ; Adious! I am pretty sure she will put people before politics! That's why she won!!
Occupant November 28, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Wayne, Your "Pretty sure" and not "Absolutely sure"? Sounds like your "Not sure" yourself. Your are not alone my friend..
Wayne Klotz November 28, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Occupant; I am pretty sure! She won the election and some of your friends cannot stand the fact that she won the election fair even with the lies about her!! Good job, Denice! Cannot wait till next years election!!
David M. Sileo November 29, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Govt Watchdog couldn't agree more. In his first breath Twice Beaten (first clue) congratulates the victory and in the next breath rants viittriol about slander and lies. Sounds like he doesn't know whether to be glad or mad? In my opinion Ray jump started positive movement towards correcting some gross inefficiencies in managing our township and great assets. Hopefully the board will remain unified in its approach to smartly and quickly try to reduce our deficit and work towards getting in the black. Issues such as the Fulton audit and Sunoco settlement may be hard to understand that it's not partisan bit just good business to uncover our past mistakes so we are not doomed to repeat. The Sunoco settlement and awarding of fire trucks is just one example I how the committee can work together in achieving our right of ship as they all supported the efforts intiaitves by the mayor and Sam Ciamfrani and quickly embraced by the other members. Twice Beaten (doesn't make sense) time to back up your claims or shut up if you have nothing of value to offer.
Occupant November 29, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Wayne, I know she won the election .. we are talking if your "Pretty sure" she will put people before politics... Your Pretty sure, I'm not so sure.
truthwayne November 29, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Wayne, Election is over, no harm can be done here, please tell me some of the lies that were told of Denice. Now is your chance to prove to all here how smart you really are.
Time to Go Campo November 29, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Dave SIleo, what rock have you been living under? Both of your two examples are now in lawsuits because of the inexperience and lack of intelligence on the part of Cianfarini,Chintall, and Cimino. You dont have a problem with our Mayor and committeeman being bribed by Sunoco with firetrucks for settling the case? Or how about this redevelopment attorney Mark Cimino who has no clue what he is doing and has been paid over 200k for doing nothing. Fulton Bank's attorney made him look like a complete fooland another judge reprimanded him for not knowing the law . Aren't you embarassed for your township for being sued every other week?
Occupant November 29, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Time to go, Why do you people keep wanting to beat a dead horse here. You Democrat goons just don't get it. You rather go back to the 5 minute township meetings and backroom deals while raising our taxes for the Democratic machine? If you have a better idea on how to run the township, be a man and step up at the next election. Mount your campaign, raise money, run for office and most importantly, WIN!.. You people are the ones hiding under computer keyboards throwing trash at everyone via the Patch. What's is most embarrassing is that these party trolls are always filing lawsuits knowing that the WD taxpayers are going to have to pay. The Democrats cant tax and spend anymore in the minority so they are trying to suck the town dry using the frivolous lawsuit method. You guys know where the 5 million Riverwinds money went... fess up Troll.
David Sileo November 29, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Govt seem to beat me to my retorts but you are right. If you really have a story to tell and valid criticism you wouldn't try to put a negative spin on anything a republican does while anything a democrat does is Gods way. Doesn't work that way time. Do you really believe, really believe that Sam and Ray sat in some back room and concocted a bribe for a fire truck. Really. These are two men with years of hard work for their families and community, and then all the sudden in January once sworn in they became Involved in lies, slander and a bribe scheme. Aren't you embarrassed that the Sunoco lawsuit has been going on for 20 years sucking us dry? Aren't you embarrassed that they was shoddy bookkeeping and a "spend now worry later attitude" attitude inflated our debt to obscene levels? I suppose we should have just continued with stats quo, submitted our expenses on cocktail napkins, continue to pay for attorneys for another 20 years, bend over and take it. I myself never have called past or present committee members or township employees liars, slanderers or bribers. I beleive most intentions were good, we just got sloppy at the wheel, got complacent fiscally and over course no one predicted the the last couple large dips in the economy. Sloppy bookkeeping, over spending, unreasonable lifetime benefits, and a spend now pay later mentality got us where we are. Not lies, slander and graft. Time your head is the rock!
David Sileo November 29, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Time. Let me remind you of one more thing. The entire committee signed off on the Sunoco deal not just a couple of members. As you might remember Denice DiDicarlo solidified the fire truck deal. This doesn't make Denice complicent in any criminal matter such as bribery, but confirms the committee can work together for the betterment of the community. Sorry to be so long winded just so frustrating everyone wants to get on here with some stupid aliases and talk out of their excretion portal. TIME.
Wayne Klotz November 29, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Truthwayne; a good one since you donot want to leave your real name,you and the gang know what I am talking about! And I am telling the truth!
David Sileo November 29, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Wayne you probably use an alias since your posts are often convoluted and rambling. I don't believe either part lied throughout the campaign, merely put a spin on "back room deals" and embellished some personal accomplishments. We cannot change the outcome, what was said. We certainly can't change the world of fiscal hurt we are all in unless we work together and quell the rediculous rhetoric.
Wayne Klotz November 29, 2012 at 04:54 PM
David, I am willing to let bygones be bygones if some of your friends are willing I will personally shake all your hands and say let's get this town to a better town! And by the way this is my real name!
Occupant November 29, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Damn Dave, You go Boy! You tell it like it is. I'll just sit back and read your posts. Keep up the good work.
David Sileo November 29, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I know it's your real name Wayne. That's the point. If your going to post silly comments maybe you should use an alias. And as for "friends" not quite sure who you mean. Not that its about me at all but...... Democrat through most of my voting life, changed to GOP because WE NEEDED BALANCE. I would have done just the opposite at the time if the situation was turned around. Truly in the middle in my thinking. Friends, I have 3 kids all graduated from WD and have lifelong friends on both sides of the aisle. Ray and Sam, two of my committe members that I support with the rest of the group. Hansen, great guy! Great family man! Has nothing but great intentions for this township and has been quite proactive with me in different issues facing our neighborhood and this town. Jeff has committed to me to continue his activism despite not winning the election. I can really separate my relationships and will differ with both sides when I feel something is not right in the mix.
marine November 30, 2012 at 02:10 AM
there will be quite a uproar when the dems find out who they have running for committee under the republican ticket next year.definitely a victory for the republicans. let's just say someone who just retuened from the iraq war serving 3 terms overseas.that's all folks
Wayne Klotz November 30, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Oh boy; not another who thinks he knows west Deptford! I thank you for serving in Iraq but do you, whoever you are, want to chance running after all the bull that goes on here? Good luck to whoever you are! You will need it!!
Occupant November 30, 2012 at 08:58 PM
It's General Petraeus ... Wayne .... The truth hurts! hahahahhaha
The Few The Proud The Crazed December 04, 2012 at 01:18 PM
@marine this! @marine. Give me a break. Whats this a twitter feed?
D Basile December 05, 2012 at 02:38 AM
it seems that The Few,The proud The Crazed and his folloers of democrats have a bitter disregard for our servicemen,serving today and in the past.is this what the democrats think of our military personal past and present, sacrificing their lives for us.well we can see where your heart is certainly not with the servicemen that serve our country proud. it shows me you're nothing but a piece of crap. besides leave you're real name gutless
The Good, Crazed December 05, 2012 at 12:56 PM
D lighten up, pull your chest back in and let your feathers down. Can't tell from the silly posts who is who because of the convoluted discussion. Thought the person they were talking about was a dem, I'm GOP, you completely misunderstood was rearing about the silly format. Oh and I served. So relax tough guy!

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