Republican candidates lead in borough council race


AY HEAD — The Bay Head Borough Council looks to be welcoming a new member to the dais in January following the Nov. 3 General Election.

Two seats were up for election last Tuesday. Leading in early unofficial election returns, according to updated numbers on the Ocean County Clerk’s website Monday, were first-time Republican candidate James W. Gates Jr., seeking a three-year term on the governing body, along with running mate, incumbent Republican Councilwoman Jennifer Barnes-Gambert, who is seeking a fourth term on the dais. Mr. Gates received 408 votes while Ms. Barnes-Gambert received 384 votes. 

Also on the ballot was Councilman Russell Andrew Frizzell, who was appointed earlier this year to fill the remainder of the term left by Councilman Brian Magory. Mr. Frizzell ran as an independent candidate and had 169 votes as of Monday, according to the clerk’s website. There were also, as of Monday, 10 write-in votes cast.


In addition to Councilman Frizzell and Councilwoman Barnes-Gambert the council also includes members Doug Lyons, Dennis Shaning, Diane Cornell and Holly MacPherson. With Mr. Gates expected to take the seat of Mr. Frizzell, the governing body, including Mayor William Curtis, will be all Republican.

Ms. Barnes-Gambert currently chairs the council’s Legal and Planning Committee and also serves on the Public Safety and Public Services Committees.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in political science and history, graduating summa cum laude, from St. Peter’s University. She also received her Juris Doctor, graduating cum laude, from New York Law School.

Ms. Barnes-Gambert has lived in the borough for 19 years. She is currently employed as an attorney with Koster, Brady, and Nagler in Red Bank and teaches political science as an adjunct professor at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft.

“I am very honored to represent Bay Head once again as your council member,” she said Wednesday. “Our town is a very special place, and I will continue to work hard to keep our taxes low, our regulations minimal, and our rights secured.  

“We have challenging issues on the horizon, but together we will find the solutions that work best for our community. Thank you to the citizens of Bay Head for your faith in me and thank you to the Bay Head Regular Republican Organization members who gave so much of their time, dedication, and support.”

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