POINT PLEASANT — Incumbent Valerie Coulson, Republican, and newcomer Joseph Veni, Republican, have been elected to serve on the Point Pleasant Borough council.
Ms. Coulson and Mr. Veni will serve a three-year term on the council.
With the unofficial totals concluding around midday on Wednesday, due to a voting machine not being closed properly in District 1 of the borough, Ms. Coulson received 2,625 votes, or 32.14 percent. Mr. Veni received 2,663 votes, or 32.61 percent.
District 1’s voting machines were not closed properly, according to Borough Administrator Frank Pannucci. The county had to come on-site on Wednesday afternoon to reopen the machine in order to count the votes from this district.
Five candidates sought the two available Point Pleasant Borough Council seats on the Nov. 7 ballot. Councilman John Wisniewski did not seek reelection.
The five candidates were: Ms. Coulson, Mr. Veni; newcomer Michelle Viggos, Democrat; newcomer Wayne Martiak, Democrat; and newcomer Michael Permuko, independent.
Ms. Viggos received 1,348 votes, or 16.51 percent; Mr. Martiak received 1,324 votes, or 16.21 percent; Mr. Permuko received 180 votes, or 2.20 percent. The write-ins received 27 votes, or 0.33 percent.
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