Manasquan Council incumbents hold lead over challenger

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MANASQUAN — The race to fill two seats on the Manasquan Council remains too close to call Monday as the sole Republican challenger narrowly trails behind the two Democratic incumbents.

Unofficial results on the Monmouth County Board of Elections website showed that 5,818 votes have been counted as of Monday at 10 a.m., including 13 write-in votes.

Of the votes counted, Councilman Jeffrey Lee received 2,094, Council President Michael Mangan received 1,872 and challenger Patricia Connolly received 1,839.

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With about 88 percent of the election night mail-in ballots counted, and pending counts on machine votes, provisional ballots and all other mail-in ballots the candidates and voters continue to await the full results of the election.

Mr. Mangan, who currently serves as the council president, has been on the Manasquan Council for 11 years and is seeking reelection to a fourth consecutive term. He told The Coast Star via email on Wednesday that he was concerned by the election reporting process in the county.

“I am concerned with how the results are being reported in Monmouth County and disappointed that the Board of Elections has not provided any updates about why the reporting stopped so suddenly and early in the evening,” Mr. Mangan said.

Mr. Lee, who was first elected to the Manasquan Council in 2005 and is hoping to secure his fifth term on the council, added that there is still a ways to go considering the amount of votes that need to be counted.

“There are a lot of voices still to be heard from [in] Manasquan,” Mr. Lee said. “I am thrilled with the voter turnout locally/nationally as it looks to be record setting and the true winner is our Democracy.”

Although a challenger in this election Ms. Connolly is not new to the Manasquan Council. She had served two nonconsecutive terms on the council from 2003 to 2006 and 2010 to 2013.

Ms. Connolly echoed the sentiments of her opponent, stating that it is still too early for anyone to declare victory with many votes left to be tabulated.

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