BELMAR — Council President Thomas Brennan, the lone Democrat on the borough council,  held a solid lead over his two challengers in the unofficial and incomplete tally as of Thursday evening.

As of 5:08 p.m. Friday, Mr. Brennan, who was first elected to serve on the borough council in 2015, had 1,269 votes, to 878 for Republican challenger Jodi Kinney and 424 for independent candidate Gerald Buccafusco.

If Council President Brennan does win, the outcome would maintain the status quo on the borough council, which also includes four Republicans, including the borough’s mayor, Mark Walsifer. 


Mr. Buccafusco said on Wednesday morning that he believes this election cycle was a particularly difficult one for independent candidates, as national politics drowned out what is happening locally. 

“I think from the start I knew it was going to be an uphill battle,” he said. “Not only was I running against my opponent, but I think the reality is I was running against Donald Trump and Joe Biden because of people that just vote the party line.

“I was aware that that might happen, but I thought that people might be a little more into the local election and split the ticket a little bit,” he said, adding that as vote counting continues throughout the week, he expects margins to narrow. 

Ms. Kinney could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Check out our other Belmar stories, updated daily. And remember to pick up a copy of The Coast Star—on newsstands Thursday or online in our e-Edition.

This is an excerpt of the print article. For more on this story, read The Coast Star—on newsstands Thursday or online in our e-Edition.

Subscribe today! If you're not already an annual subscriber to The Coast Star, get your subscription today! For just $34 per year, you will receive local mail delivery weekly, with pages and pages of local news and online access to our e-edition on