Incumbents lead in Beach council race

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POINT PLEASANT BEACH — Council members Caryn Byrnes and Tom Migut, both Republicans, are leading in early results in the race for seats on the Point Pleasant Beach Council. 

According to unofficial tallies on Thursday, Ms. Byrnes [1,720 votes] and Mr. Migut [1,861 votes] hold their lead over newcomer Democrats Thomas F. Brennan [976 votes] and Ernest J. Geiger [955 votes]. Twelve votes were submitted for write-in candidates.

With a lead in place, Ms. Byrnes said she was thrilled to be preferred to represent Point Pleasant Beach.

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“First off, what a great turnout,” said Ms. Byrnes. “It’s wonderful to see your friends and neighbors vote for you in such large numbers. It’s quite humbling actually.

“I promise to continue to work hard for my supporters, my town and for those whose support I did not have,” she said. “With all of us working cohesively, we can continue to meet the challenges ahead. I very much look forward to continuing my work downtown with the business community and any of our constituent’s quality of life concerns.”

Councilman Tom Migut could not be reached for comment.  

If the results stand, the two incumbents would sit for another three-year term on council. 

The current all-Republican council consists of Doug Vitale, Arlene Testa, Andy Cortes, Bob Santanello and the two incumbent candidates, Ms. Byrnes and Mr. Migut. 

Councilwoman Byrnes filled a seat on council this year, serving as the fire department liaison, and seeks her first full three-year term in Point Beach. 

She previously served as a committee person for Ward A in Jersey City and is a former code enforcement officer there.

Councilman Migut seeks his third term on the dais. Mr. Migut currently serves as council president, has served on the borough’s planning board for 17 years and is a member of the flood plain management committee.

Mr. Geiger, a newcomer, has lived in the borough for four years with his wife Georgia. He is an INOMAX product-support specialist for Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and a respiratory therapist at the Children’s Specialized Hospital. 

Mr. Gieger has volunteered with Best Day Foundation NJ Chapter, and is a member of the Point Pleasant Beach Elks and a former volunteer at the Surfrider Foundation.

Mr. Brennan, a borough resident for over 40 years, lives with his wife Corinne. He is a retired business owner in the field of industrial flooring. When his children were younger, Mr. Brennan coached recreational sports in the borough.

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