Woodbine has returned longtime Mayor William Pickolycky to the mayor’s position. Woodbine residents also voted in Michael Benson and Joseph Johnson to seats on the Borough Council; Alexander Bland finished third and out of the running.
Sea Isle City Mayor Len Desiderio will retain his seat on the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Desiderio will defeat democrat Jeremiah Schenerman in Tuesday night’s election. With more than half of the County districts reporting, Desiderio has 62 percent of the popular vote, assuring him of the victory.
Republican Seth Grossman is leading Democrat Jeff Van Drew in the Congressional race with many more votes to be counted. Grossman leads Van Drew by two percentage points, but only one fifth of all ballots have been counted in the Second Congressional District.
Republicans keep the majority in Dennis Township with victories Tuesday night. Frank Germanio Jr. was elected to a full term seat on the Township Committee over Dorothy Merlino, while fellow republican Matthew Cox defeated Renee Pettit to fill an unexpired term. Both republicans won by approximately 400 votes apiece.
Lower Township voters have returned three republicans to Township Council. The winners Tuesday night were Tom Conrad in the First Ward, David Perry in the Second Ward, and Roland Roy Jr. in the Third Ward. This keeps republicans in a 5-0 majority in Lower Township.
Robert Menendez is returning to the United States Senate. Major news organizations including ABC, the Associated Press, and NBC News all have projected Menendez to defeat republican Bob Hugin in the hotly contested Senate race. This will be Menendez’ third term in the Senate.
Cape May’s council winners appear to be Deputy Mayor Shaine Meier, Stacy Sheehan, and Zack Mullock. The Cape May Star and Wave reports that Mullock was the top vote getter with 626 votes, with Sheehan receiving 558, and Meier, 446. These figures do not include mail in or provisionals ballots, and the results are unofficial.
With ten percent of the votes counted statewide, republican Bob Hugin holds a lead over democrat Robert Menendez in the Senate race. Hugin has 49 percent of the vote totals, with Menendez at 46.7 percent..this despite at least one news organization projected Menendez to win the election tonight.
Voters in Middle Township filled three seats on the local school board. The top vote getter was Kim Krauss; she will be joined on the board by Stephanie Thomas and David Todd McCarthy. Edward Dagney finished a distant fourth.
A huge win for the republicans in Middle Township. Democrat Jeff DeVico was unseated on the Township Committee by republican newcomer Ike Gandy. The final vote totals issued by the Clerk’s Office show Gandy with 4,003 votes compared to DeVico’s 3,628 votes. This puts the Middle Township Committee back in control of the Republican Party.