HOLMDEL, NJ - Holmdel Township is served by a nine member board of education. While the budget trumps the size of the municipality, they work in a less dramatic fashion than the township. However, they do have elections as well and this year there is a surprise.

Notably, there is a seat between two long term incumbents that is to be decided by provisional ballots, much like the municipal election. Here is what we know so far:

Lifelong resident Elizabeth Urbanski is the top vote getter at 1712 votes. She will join the board as a newcomer. Coming in second will be the return of former Board Member and Board President Joe Hammer. Hammer came up short last year and decided to run again. This time with success.

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It is the third place finish that has voters paying attention.

Long time Board Members Mike Sockol and Lori Ammirati are in a virtual dead heat. Sockol netted 1663 votes to Ammirati's 1660. A mere 3 votes. Both candidates speak well of each other and have worked together for years.

The final result is expected on Tuesday, November 12 when the provisional ballots are counted. The victor will be sworn in to a new term of office in January. Also participating this year for her first campaign was Jaimie Hynes who tallied 1,598 votes. John Martinez was on the ballot but did not compete. He still received 706 votes.