The deadlocked candidates are incumbent Republican Ron Kolczynski -- and Democrat challenger Rita Romeu -- they're tied at around 13 hundred votes.
It's easy to know the candidates in a town of about 7,700, says Ray, a farmer who was born and raised in Chesterfield. He's a Republican, but he says he votes for people he knows and trusts regardless of affiliation. He says his neighbors do too. "It's a nice friendly town," he says, "and politics doesn't seem to get real dirty around here like it can be on the larger level."
Ray's right about close votes. A Salem County freeholder-elect won this year by one vote, and there's another tie in New Jersey, in Middlesex County, for the office of Monroe Township Council.