BELMAR, NJ — The Republicans will retain control of the Belmar Council, as incumbents James McCracken and Thomas Carvelli topped their Democratic challengers Cheryl Russo and Maggie McBride, and Independent James Bean.

According to unofficial election results that include 575 mail-in ballots, the vote tally in the November 5 election was as follows: McCracken, 910; Carvelli, 822; McBride, 638; Russo, 626; and Bean, 315. Vote totals will be updated to include additional mail-in and provisional ballots as they become available.

McCracken was seeking re-election to a full term on the five-member governing body, and Carvelli was vying for his first elected bid after being appointed to the council in January to fill the one year remaining on GOP Mayor Mark Walsifer’s council term.

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Mail-in and provisional ballots still need to be added to the totals by the Monmouth County Board of Elections. Thursday, November 7 is the deadline for the elections officials to receive vote-by-mail ballots that are postmarked on Election Day.

In the Belmar Board of Education race, three candidates running unopposed were elected to full three-year terms — incumbents Aileen Fahy with 1,051 votes, Cherie Adams with 1,017 votes and newcomer Antoinette Raucci with 982 votes. Those totals included 592 mail-in votes at presstime.

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