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Township Hall in Holmdel, New Jersey. (Photo: Holmdel Township Hall).

Holmdel votes down charter change referendum

By David Wildstein, July 26 2022 8:34 pm

Voters in Holmdel voted down a proposal  to switch to non-partisan municipal elections with the direct election of a mayor and a change to a Council-Manager form of government.

With all votes now in, 55.5% voted no– with a remarkable 31% turnout considering a July election.

The measure was defeated, with 1,962 yes votes and 2,452 voting no.

Election Day voters rejected the referendum, 40%-60% (1,371 to 2,057), while Vote-by-Mail ballot voters supporting the initiative, also 60%-40% (592 to 395).

That represents a big win for the Monmouth County Republican organization, which strongly opposed the charter change

The plan would have also permitted local ordinances through Initiative and Referendum.

Mayor Greg Buontempo and former Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-Holmdel) had backed the plan.  Several GOP councilmembers, Assemblywoman Vicky Flynn (R-Holmdel) and 2021 Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli had opposed the change in government.

The referendum was the recommendation of a Charter Study Commission adopted in May.

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