Vauss bests Smith in Irvington mayoral contest

By Richard Khavkine/The Star-Ledger
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on May 13, 2014

Anthony Vauss beat out a crowded field of seven other candidates, including three-time incumbent Wayne Smith, in Irvington's contest for mayor.


IRVINGTON — Mayor Wayne Smith was roundly beaten in his bid for a fourth consecutive term, losing to Anthony Vauss, the township board of education’s president, by about a 2-to-1 ratio, according to early results tonight.

Vauss, 43, beat out a competitive field of seven other candidates in his first bid for mayor, turning back challenges from several veteran campaigners, including Smith, a perennial political presence in the township.

With one district’s 139 votes not yet counted because of a malfunctioning printer and with provisional and mail-in ballots still to be totaled, Vauss tallied 2,331 votes to Smith’s 1,183. Jean Lamothe was third, with 1,153 votes, and former township council president John Sowell had 1,018 votes.

Paul Inman, a former school board president, (270 votes); David Lyons, a sitting council member (522); Gene Etchinson (312); and, Jameson Vincent (145) followed.

In the race for three at-large council seats, Renee C. Burgess, Charnette Frederic and October Hudley were ahead by several hundred votes in a race among 12 candidates.

Vauss, who was first elected to the school board in 2006, is a former assistant director in the township’s department of neighborhood services.

He campaigned on attracting new business to the township as a way to raise both revenue and the profile of township’s downtown.

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