Sikh candidate defeated incumbents despite racist, 'fear-mongering' ads

Friday, 10 November 2017, 03:04:31 AM. Balvir Singh became the first Sikh to win a county-wide election in New Jersey Tuesday evening when he beat out two incumbent Republicans.
MOUNT HOLLY -- A Democratic challenger will become the first Sikh to hold a countywide seat in the state after upsetting Republican incumbents in Tuesday's election.  Balvir Singh, a 32-year-old math teacher at Burlington City High School and school board member in Burlington Township, ran as the first Burlington County-wide Asian candidate Tuesday. Despite having little campaign money and the Democratic disadvantage in a predominately red region, Singh garnered 57,801 votes, narrowly defeating current Republican freeholders Bruce Garganio and Linda Hughes, who received around 55,400 votes each, according to unofficial results.  Balvir Singh beat out two Republican incumbents to take a seat on the Burlington County Board of Freeholders. Photo provided  His running mate, Tom Pullion, pulled in the most votes, winning more than 61,000. He, along with Singh, will move to take the two open slots on the five-member, all-Republican board.  Singh credits a good ground game -- and poor public reception of the race-based ads against him -- for the win.   "We didn't have a dollar to run our name on the screen," he said in an interview Thursday morning. "But we did have a very good group of committed volunteers."  Singh and Pullion's victories also mark the first time Democrats have won county seats in Burlington in a non-presidential year, as the county has traditionally leaned heavily toward the Republican side, he said.  The win shows voters are tired of slanderous tactics used by...Read more
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