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Monmouth Beach Mayor David Stickle. (Photo: Via Facebook)

Incumbent slate wins in Monmouth Beach

Somers, Bolsch secure first full terms

By Nikita Biryukov, May 11 2021 9:01 pm

A three-candidate slate of incumbents in Monmouth Beach defeated their lone challenger Tuesday.

Mayor David Stickle and his running mates, Commissioners Timothy Somers and Lawrence Bolsch, will each serve a four-year term on Borough Commission.

Only one other candidate, planning board alternate member Kristina Schmelz, challenged the slate.

The gap between Schmelz and Somers, the third-place finisher, was 129 votes. She had 423 ballots cast in her name, while he had 552.

Somers and Bolsch were already serving on the council, though Tuesday’s win will net them their first full terms. They won unexpired terms in November after the resignations of longtime Commissioner Jim Cuniff and longtime Mayor Susan Howard created vacancies.

Schmelz ran for that seat too, placing 142 votes behind Somers, a margin of about 3.5 points in a seven-candidate field.

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