The Raritan GOP had a huge victory in the 2021 Borough Council elections! Councilwoman Joyce Melitsky and Councilman-elect David Fritzinger won their race against Democratic candidates J. John Barlas & Jim Lutz. Melitsky and Fritzinger had 1,386 and 1,319 votes respectively compared to Barlas and Lutz’s 950 and 923, respectively.
"I want residents to know that I am 100% dedicated to them at all times. I am extremely accessible day or night to listen to concerns and provide whatever help I can to anyone who needs it. I think I've proven this in my first term on council, which is why I resoundingly won re-election. I do not take these responsibilities lightly and truly mean it when I say I plan to do what is right for Raritan" Melitsky said.
Former Councilwoman Joan Hutzler won her race against incumbent Democratic Councilman Ngutor "Justice" Ifan 1,320 to 974 for the unexpired term vacated by former Democratic Councilwoman Melissa Harris.
"I look forward to once again sitting on the borough council. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience as a councilwoman in the past, and think I learned a lot in that year that I will bring to the table for the next two years. I intend on working very hard throughout my term by making decisions and implementing ideas that benefit all of us here in Raritan" Hutzler stated.
Harris resigned from the governing body four months into her first term. Ifan was appointed in May by the Borough Council as her replacement. This was Ifan's second bid for a seat on the Raritan Borough Council, losing in 2018 with former Democratic Councilman James Foohey to then-councilman Zachary R. Bray and newcomer Joyce Melitsky.