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Holmdel Township Committeeman Prakash Santhana.

After recount, independent wins Holmdel seat by 2 votes

GOP mayor loses as independents take two seats on governing body

By David Wildstein, December 05 2019 7:20 pm

A recount in the race for Holmdel Township Committee has flipped two seats from Republican to the independent candidates – one of them by just two votes.

Prakash Santhana defeated Republican Chiung-Ying Cheng Liu, 2,087 to 2,085.

Another independent, Cathy Weber, received 2,170 votes, outdistancing GOP Mayor Eric Hinds (2,066).

In the Republican primary, which also went to a recount, Liu ousted Republican incumbent Michael Nikolis by 11 votes, 668 to 657.

Holmdel remained solidly Republican in the State Assembly race.

Incumbent Serena DiMaso, a former Holmdel mayor, received 2,543 votes, with Gerald Scharfenberger winning 2,497 votes.  Democrat Barbara Singer, who won 42% on her 2018 bid for a seat on the Holmdel Township Committee, received 1,605 votes in her Assembly bid.

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