Democrats lost one seat on the Somers Point Council, but they picked up the one left vacant by Councilman James Toto’s bid for freeholder.
Republican Joseph McCarrie (2,739) defeated Democrat Levi Fox (2,693) by just 46 votes to win an at-large council seat there. Democratic Councilman Carl D’Adamo did not seek re-election.
In the Ward 2 Council race, Democrat Karen Bruno beat Republican James Osler 1,439-1,193 to win Toto’s council seat.
Republican Stacey Ferreri won the Ward 1 Council seat over Dan Myers. She beat him 1,491-1,351. Republican Councilman Kirk Gerety did not seek re-election.
The results leave Republicans’ 6-1 majority on the council unchanged.
Democratic incumbents swept races in Absecon, winning sometimes narrow victories to keep their 6-1 council majority intact.
The race in Ward 1 was the city’s tightest. There, Democratic incumbent Betty Howell beat challenger Nicholas LaRotonda by just 21 votes, 1,444-1,423.
In the second ward, incumbent Donald Burroughs beat Republican Chris Seher 1,236-1,074.
Mayor Kimberly Horton easily won re-election over Gregory Seher, defeating the Republican 3,018-2,233.
The margin in Ward 1 is tight enough for a recount. Howell won by seven-tenths of a point, but LaRotonda does not appear to have filed to have ballots recanvassed.
Three incumbents won re-election to Longport’s Board of Commission in non-partisan races there.
Commissioners Daniel Lawler (301), Nick Russo (299) and James Leeds (287), or the “We Love Longport” slate, defeated five challengers to win the three Commission seats up for a race this year.
Among the challengers, James Ulmer came closest to winning. He trailed Leeds by just 13 votes, 287-274.
Fran Caulfield got 260 votes, while Robert English received 243. Scott Cianci got 93, while Veronica Iezzi got just 28.