By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
The attempt by a Republican upstart to wrest a seat from a Middletown incumbent in November failed in Tuesday’s primary.
Middletown Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger defended his seat on the township committee with 1,914 votes over newcomer Tony Avallone, who came away with 1,211 votes. Scharfenberger’s Republican running mate, Kevin Settembrino, garnered the most votes, with 2,023.
That leaves a November race in which Settembrino and Scharfenberger will vie for two open seats on the committee one being Scharfenberger’s, and the other held by the committee’s only Democrat, Sean Byrnes, who is seeking re-election. Also in the race is Democrat Mary Mahoney.