BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Democratic Belmar Councilman Thomas Brennan will face Republican newcomer Jodi Kinney and independent candidate Gerald Buccafusco in his bid for a third term in the November 3 general election.

In the unprecedented July 7 vote-by-mail primary election, Brennan, the only Democrat on the governing body, received 529 votes. For the past two years, he has served as council president of the GOP-controlled body.

In 2017, Brennan won his second term in a seesaw battle with Republican challenger Joshua Vallario. He was not declared the winner until nearly two weeks after the general election when a recount of mail-in votes gave him the victory by a two-vote margin — 996 to 994 votes.

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Kinney garnered 324 votes in Tuesday's primary, while Buccafusco’s filing of his direct nomination petition was confirmed on July 9 by the Monmouth County Clerk’s Election Division.

In Lake Como, Democratic incumbents David Gardner and Nick DeMauro, who are seeking three-year terms, received 162 and 165 votes, respectively, in the primary election. No petitions were filed by Republicans.

On April 8, Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order that postponed the June 2 primary to July 7 and set in motion major changes in the voting process due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For complete election results, including the presidential primary and for all seats in New Jersey, Monmouth County and on the municipal level, visit the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office website by clicking here.


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