Election triggers council turnover in Bradley Beach

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Tim Sexsmith, Randy Bonnell, John Weber and Al Gubitosi celebrate a positive result on Election Day after the polls close on Nov. 5.

BRADLEY BEACH — Unofficial results in Tuesday’s election showed voters in Bradley Beach electing to unseat two members of the borough council, replacing them with political newcomers.

According to unofficial election results announced by the Monmouth County Board of Elections, Council President Harold Cotler, who served on the council 12 years and Councilman Norman Goldfarb, who had served since 2007, were defeated by Al Gubitosi and Tim Sexsmith, who received 565 and 559 votes respectively, to Dr. Cotler’s 498 and Mr. Goldfarb’s 462.

Councilmen John Weber and Randy Bonnell, who had teamed up with Mr. Gubitosi and Mr. Sexmith under the banner “Fair Transparent Government – Real Change,” both won re-election, with 637 and 571 votes respectively. 

The four running mates celebrated Tuesday night at Pagano’s Uva Restaurant, on Main Street. 

“We’re feeling good and we are very happy, the margins by which we won I think we will still prevail when they count the provisional ballots,” Councilman Weber. “We kept it positive, it talked about ourselves and what we bring to the job, we didn’t talk about our opponents and we tried to bring the issues to the voters.”

Mr. Sexsmith said he felt that the team had won with a “positive campaign that stuck to the numbers and stuck to the facts.”

 “We provided a positive alternative to keep Bradley Beach on an improving track,” he added. 

According to Mr. Gubitosi, transparency was a major issue in getting him to run for council.

“Our plans going forward are to really open up opportunities, have a discussion with the public, get feedback from the public and just make this a more transparent government,” he said. “We are just passionate about getting the people better informed.”

With provisional ballots yet to be counted, however, Councilman Bonnell was cautious about claiming victory.

“I don’t know if we are on top,” he said. “I haven’t counted any votes. Three years ago I was in bed, asleep on election night.”

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