With 65-percent of the votes counted, Richard Berdnik, the incumbent Passaic County Sheriff, is leading with 13-percent of the counted votes. Frank Feenan, the challenger, has next to his name 43-percent of the counted vote; Berdnik, is holding on to the lead with 56-percent.
So far Berdnik has 35,763 ballots under his belt against Feenan’s 27,233.
During the campaign both parties accused each other of vandalizing election posters and signs. Berdnik published videos of people destroying his campaign signs, after which, the Feenan campaign provided defaced images of the challenger’s campaign yard signs.
Both sides stated they were the victims of sign destruction not the perpetrator.
Feenan, a former detective with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, was the underdog in the campaign when it came to fund raising. Berdnik’s campaign raised $347,714, while Feenan raised a paltry $66,274.
The final count will be released prior to midnight.