BRADLEY BEACH — In one of the more contested municipal elections in Monmouth County this year, Bradley Beach voters elected four candidates, two of whom are newcomers, to three-year terms on the borough council.
The unofficial tallies do not include late mail-in or provisional ballots, which had not been counted as of Wednesday morning.
Newcomer to the council, Meredith DeMarco, garnered the most votes at 802. Incumbent councilman John Weber received the second most votes at 782. Jane DeNoble finished third in the election at 778 votes.
Incumbent Al Gubitosi took the last open seat on the council with 770. However, Newcomer Deb Bruynell is not far behind him with 768 votes.
“I’m the great unknown,” said Mr. Gubitosi, adding “I think me and Deborah are two votes apart, so our part of the election could go either way, but the overall voter turnout was great.”
The other incumbent council candidates who lost include former council president Timothy Sexsmith and Randy Bonnell. Ms. Bruynell’s running mate, Tom Gavin, also lost.
Mr. Gavin and Ms. Bruynell stated, “We’re eager to see how the provisional ballots and uncounted mail ballots shake out. Whatever happens, this is clearly a closely divided town where no one has a monopoly on good ideas or public trust. Hopefully the animosity and personal attacks can end and we can have a more civil borough politics going forward ,focused on what is good for Bradley Beach.”
“The people spoke and I’m listening to them,” said Mr. Sexsmith, adding, “I congratulate the winners, I hope they find common ground and work with the mayor and administration to keep Bradley Beach moving forward.”
Mr. Bonnell said as the current votes stand, “Bradley Beach council is in good hands.”
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