SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS — The Spring Lake Heights council race was very close even by Thursday evening, with now the two Republicans incumbent Councilman John Casagrande and newcomer holding just a marginal lead over the two Democratic challengers
Mr. Casagrande [1,432 votes] and Mr. Gallo [1,365 votes] unofficially led Democrats Christine Nevin Meloro [1,103 votes] and Mike Milano [1,093 votes] as of 5:08 p.m. Friday.
The four candidates are vying for two open seats on the dais. The Democrats are looking to make a foothold on the Republican-dominated council, which has not had a Democrat on it since Mayor Chris Campion defeated former Mayor Thomas O’Brien in last year’s election.
The unofficial results account for roughly 69 percent of election night mail-in ballots processed, according to the Monmouth County Board of Elections, and do not include mail-in ballots cast on Election Day, late pending mail-in ballots or provisional ballots.
Both Mr. Gallo and Mr. Casagrande said they did not wish to make a comment while the results were unofficial.
Mr. Casagrande, the only incumbent in the contest, has served on the council for one year and serves as the chairman for the finance committee.
Neither Ms. Nevin Meloro nor Mr. Milano have served public office before.
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