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Kimble Turns Back Strumolo Burke's Bid for Mayor

Incumbent wins by less than 500 votes, while Kennedy and Longo earn council seats.

Incumbent Raymond Kimble held off Councilwoman Marie Strumolo Burke's mayoral bid by winning Tuesday's non-partisan election by less than 500 votes, according to unofficial results.

Kimble garnered 53.88 percent of the ballots with 2,324 votes compared to Strumolo Burke's 44.22 percent (1,907 votes).

The mayoral race heated up in recent weeks with an audio recording surfacing of what a voice analysis expert believed to be Strumolo Burke blurting out racial slurs in a voicemail message. Srumolo Burke has denied it was her on the tape.

Kevin G. Kennedy (2,083 votes) and Joseph V. Longo (1,908) each won council seats. William J. Freda fell short with 1,690 votes.


tony May 14, 2014 at 11:17 AM
Strumolo Burke should bring charges on Kennedy for defimation of character and illegal phone recordings.should would have one.and where is the sandy money that belleville received if the senior building project had stop
Belleville Sentinel May 14, 2014 at 10:02 PM
Many of us would love to see Burke bring forth such a civil suit so she could be literally laughed out of court. And very few attorneys would likely choose to represent her since they would be charged with filing a frivolous lawsuit, wasting court resources, and face possible sanction/disbarment.
Belleville Sentinel May 14, 2014 at 10:06 PM
Plus, Sam Papa voluntarily left the message on Kennedy's machine. So explain if you will the illegal nature of a voluntary piece of voice mail. Jeez, you Burke defenders are beyond belief.

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