BRICK TOWNSHIP — Mayor Lisa Crate and four fellow Democrats were victors in Brick’s municipal election Tuesday night, according to unofficial results reported by the Ocean County Board of Elections.
Ms. Crate, who had been appointed to succeed former Mayor John Ducey after he left for a judicial appointment earlier this year, defeated Republican John Catalano for the final two years of an unexpired mayoral term.
Ms. Crate had received 11,054 and Mr. Catalano 7,700 as of Tuesday night.
“I am honored that the voters of Brick elected our entire team,” Mayor Crate said. “Regardless of what’s happening in state and national government, for us it’s all about Brick. Our residents can always count on us to put Brick first.”
The four Democratic winners in the council election were incumbents Vince Minichino, Derrick Ambrosino and Melissa Travers; and newcomer Steve Feinman.
Mr. Minichino received 9,412 votes, Mr. Ambrosino 9,384, Ms. Travers, 9,460 and Mr. Feinman 9,103.
The Republican council candidates wer Mary Jonas Buckley, Theresa Gallagher, James Palmisano and Rocco Palmieri, all newcomers.
Ms. Buckley received 8,651 votes, Ms. Gallagher 8,892, Mr. Palmisano 8,698 votes and Mr. Palmieri 8,628.
Going into the election, six of the council’s seven seats were held by Democrats — the three incumbents on the Nov. 7 ballot, as well as Council President Heather deJong, Council Vice President Andrea Zapcic and Councilwoman Marianna Pontoriero. Republican Councilman Perry Albanese is the sole Republican on the governing body.
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