HOLMDEL, NJ - With a local Republican Primary race far from over, the current vote totals place Luccarelli and Flynn as the top vote getters over incumbent Mayor Buontempo and his running mate, newcomer Ron Emma.
The election is one for the ages in Holmdel and across the state as Governor Murphy ordered the election to be held by mailed ballot. The Republican endorsed candidates who ran with President Donald Trump were Luccarelli and Flynn. Buontempo and Emma, however, enjoyed their 'off the Trump line' support from Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso and her husband, Committeeman Rocco Pascucci (who decided to not run again this year) and former Committeeman Mike Nikolis. Nikolis was ousted in the primary last year by Chiung-Yin Cheng Liu. Nikolis also ran for a local municipal committee seat on this ballot and, thus far, lost.
Chiung-Yin Cheng Liu is still contesting the election from last year when allegations of illegal votes have been made regarding family members of certain local and state officials. The lawsuit was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and may be heard this month. If the allegedly illegal votes are thrown out and Liu wins the election, Committeeman Santhana could be removed and Liu's sworn in to office. The balance of power on the Holmdel Township Committee would then return to candidates supported by the Monmouth County Republican Organization on January 1, 2021, headed by Monmouth County Republican Chairman and Sheriff, Shaun Golden.
As of 9:20PM, the totals are:
Luccarelli - 497
Flynn - 426
Buontempo - 410
Emma - 362
Due to Governor Murphy’s Executive Order for the Primary Election, the mail in ballot count will continue after election day. Ballots postmarked on election day, but received within 7 days after election day, will be included in the totals.
Approx. 36% of Election Night Mail-In Ballots Processed as of 7/7
Late Mail-In Ballots Pending, Provisional Ballots Pending