Kanitra wins mayoralty, leads GOP landslide in Beach

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Victorious Republicans [from left] Councilwoman-elect Arlene Testa, Mayor-elect Paul Kanitra and Councilman-elect Doug Vitale show off the vote tally on Election Night. PHOTO BY DANIELLA HEMINGHAUS

POINT PLEASANT BEACH — It was impossible to deny the results of the Nov. 5 election when Alora Conlin walked into the Veterans of Foreign Wars meeting room after the polls had officially closed. 

Ms. Conlin, a friend of mayor-elect Paul Kanitra, had a smile on her face that reached her eyes and added to the electricity felt in the building, where supporters of Point Pleasant Beach Republicans for Change watched and waited as she tallied the results.

The Point Pleasant Beach Republicans for Change ticket had swept the polls, with an overwhelming majority of residents voting for Paul Kanitra as mayor-elect. Come January, Mr. Kanitra will be joined on the dais by his running mates, Arlene Testa and Doug Vitale, who won the two available council seats.

Mr. Kanitra won approximately 1,101 votes versus Democrat Lawrence Dooley’s 300, according to unofficial live results posted on the Ocean County Clerk’s website. Ms. Testa and  Mr. Vitale drew 1,096 and 1,064 votes, respectively, against Democrat Ernest Geiger for council. 

“There is absolutely no way I get emotional here, so I want to get this out of the way first and foremost,” said Mr. Kanitra, who began the night’s speeches by honoring his beloved grandparents, who both passed away this year. They had been there, only a few tables away, supporting him when the Point Pleasant Beach Republicans for Change ticket won the Republican Primary back in June.

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