HOLMDEL, NJ - It came down to two incumbents, Mike Sockol and Lori Ammirati. Two volunteers with high professional and personal opinions of each other. Now, two Board of Education candidates who shared a bittersweet election season as they unexpectedly ended up competing against each other.

Mike Sockol and Lori Ammirati invested many years together on the Holmdel Board of Education. Both chose to run for another term this year, and they had plenty of company. The nine member board had three seats up for election. They were Sockol and Ammirati as well as the seat being vacated by the newly Township Committe elected Chiung-Yin Cheng Liu. 

With the latest totals wrapped up, the voters chose former board member Joe Hammer, the highest vote -getter at 1760 votes, newcomer Elizabeth Urbanski at 1751 votes and Mike Sockol with 1715 votes. Ammirati came up a bit short at 1702 votes.

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Interestingly, both the Holmdel Township Committee election and the Holmdel School Board Election showed vote results between all the candidates that were not that dramatic. Holmdel was, in a sense, a tie score across the board this year. The vote counts were close in so many ways.

Sockol commented on his win and the race on his Facebook page:

"It looks like it is official now.  Monmouth County Election officials have posted the final count from today's provisional ballots, and it appears that I have held on to my seat on the school board by 13 votes.

I want to take a moment to thank my amazing supporters, so many of whom have been sending me encouraging messages these last few days.  

I also want to add that it is a bittersweet victory.  I actively campaigned for Lori Brown-Ammirati, who was a true champion for our kids and our teachers.  I hope we can see her passion on the board again in the near future. Now, onward."

Onward, indeed.