The following are official results of the November 5 general election, released by the Monmouth County Board of Elections.

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

According to official election results that include 613 mail-in ballots and 77 provisional ballots, the vote tally in the November 5 election was as follows: McCracken, 947; Carvelli, 853; McBride, 655; Russo, 646; and Bean, 325.

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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.


District 1

  • McCracken, 107
  • Carvelli: 92
  • McBride: 80
  • Russo: 74
  • Bean: 39

District 2

  • McCracken, 147
  • Carvelli: 139
  • Russo: 111
  • McBride: 108
  • Bean: 51

District 3

  • McCracken, 173
  • Carvelli: 156
  • McBride: 143
  • Russo: 136
  • Bean: 61

District 4

  • McCracken, 180
  • Carvelli: 172
  • McBride: 109
  • Russo: 102
  • Bean: 71

District 5

  • McCracken, 150
  • Carvelli: 130
  • McBride: 82
  • Russo: 79
  • Bean: 44


The Belmar Vote in School Board, State and County Races

In the Belmar Board of Education race, three candidates running unopposed were elected to full three-year terms — incumbents Aileen Fahy with 1,090 votes, Cherie Adams with 1,053 votes and newcomer Antoinette Raucci with 1,020 votes.

In county and state races, winning Republican candidates outpaced their challengers in Belmar.

In the state General Assembly’s 30th Legislative District contest, GOP incumbents Sean Kean received 1,045 votes and Edward “Ned” Thomson 955 votes, while Democrats Steven Farkas and Yasin “Jason” Celik garnered 618 and 611 votes, respectively. “The Other Candidate” Hank Schroeder’ s Belmar vote total was 66.

In his victorious re-election bid, Monmouth County, Sheriff Shaun Golden had 1,038 votes cast for him in Belmar, while Democrat Raymond Dothard had 614 votes.

In the Monmouth Board of Freeholders race, the Belmar vote tallies for the winning GOP candidates were 1,045 for incumbent Thomas Arnone and 938 for newcomer Dominick DiRocco Democratic challengers Michael Penna and Moira Nelson tallied 649 and 580, respectively.

In the overwhelming statewide passage of a public question to give veterans who live in continuing care retirement communities the same property tax deduction that is offered to those living in private residences,  the majority of Belmar residents also gave their support to the measure, with 1,196 votes in favor and 347 votes opposed.

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