MANASQUAN — Democrat Michael Mangan has defeated Republican Gregg Olivera by 41 votes — 1,074 to 1,033 [50.68 to 48.75 percent] — in a close race to be the next mayor of Manasquan, according to the Monmouth County Board of Elections’ online tallies as of press time.
Councilman Olivera told The Coast Star Wednesday that he has conceded the race to Councilman Mangan.
Mr. Mangan had led by a mere 11 votes immediately following Election Night, before the counting of mail-ins was completed, along with provisional votes.
Mr. Mangan declared victory Tuesday night, Nov. 14, in a Facebook post, writing, “I want to thank the people of Manasquan for their support in this year’s mayors election. The result of this election ensures that we will honor our past and prepare for a bright future for our town.”
Mr. Olivera praised Mr. Mangan, saying, “First and foremost I congratulate [Mr. Mangan]. I look forward to working with him. I thank everyone who supported me. [Mr. Mangan] ran a great campaign, and I think the people of Manasquan are in great hands.”
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