HOLMDEL, NJ - For 2020 the Holmdel Township committee will go for a fresh start with a new location for reorganization.
On January 2, at 6 PM the governing body will reorganize at Bell Works in Holmdel, on Crawford's Corner Road. The agenda will include a host of new appointments to various volunteer positions as well as professional appointments such as attorney, engineer, and auditor. A Mayor and Deputy Mayor will also be chosen from among the elected officials. The positions are largely ceremonial with the Mayor serving as Chair for the year.
What is less clear on the agenda is who will be permanently sworn in as the Township Committee person for the second seat. The high vote-getter in the election was Independent candidate Cathy Weber. The second spot, however, has lurched between Republican Chiung-Yin Cheng Liu and Independent Prakash Santhana.
Santhana is currently still scheduled to be sworn in on January 2.
For those who did not follow Holmdel elections closely, Committeeman Mike Nikolis lost in the republican primary election and is ending his term on December 31st. Mayor Eric Hinds lost his position during the general election, after serving 9 years.
During the general election, Independent candidate Santhana came out ahead of Republican Liu during the initial count. However, after the late absentee ballots and provisional ballots were counted, Liu came out ahead by three votes. Santhana then decided to recount. After the recount, he came up ahead of Liu by two votes. You might have thought that was the end of it.
Recently, Liu filed a claim for another recount. The current tally is as follows:
Cathy Weber 2,170 votes
Prakash Santhana 2,087 votes
Chiung-Yin Cheng Liu 2,085 votes
Eric Hinds 2,066 votes
Stop by Bell Works as the Township Committee begins what residents hope is a Happy and Prosperous New Year!