HAZLET, NJ - It has been quite a busy election season for towns served by Monmouth Area TAPinto towns. Municipal candidates worked long and hard all year to win. The results are nearly complete with only ADA machines and provisional ballots pending.
In Colts Neck Township, Committeeman Michael Viola earned 5118 votes. Newcomer to the Township Committee will be Tara Torchia Buss with 5063 votes. They ran unopposed in the largely republican Western Monmouth town.
In Hazlet, longtime elected official Michael Sachs likely won again with 6505 votes compared to his opponent Morgan Pulane who netted 4385 votes. While the results are not yet official or certified it is unlikely that the gaps can be filled by the second place finisher.
In Holmdel Mayor Greg Buontempo was re-elected with 6315 votes and newcomer DJ (Domenico) Luccarelli won receiving 6266 votes. In third and fourth were the Democrat team, Joe Romano at 3,866 and 3639 Michael Jenkins
In Keyport, a new Republican may have been elected - Lori Davidson is currently at 1656 votes followed closely by democrat Kathleen McNamara with 1629 votes. Third and Fourth place are held by democrat Sophia Lamberson at 1571 votes and Suleyman Kilik, a republican with 1568 votes
In Middletown Republicans appear to be cruising to victory. Committeewoman Patricia Snell is the top vote getter thus far with 24,858 votes, Ryan Clarke has 24,425 votes. Third and Fourth place are held by democrats Brian Penschow with 14,958 votes and Marguerite Stocker with 15,409 votes.
The open space tax question passed in Middletown moving from $0.02-$0.03 - the additional income helps Middletown Township preserve and protect open space and farmland.