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Margate City Commissioner John Amodeo served in the New Jersey State Assembly from 2008 to 2014. (Facebook Photo)

Incumbents win in Margate

Maury Blumberg is top vote-getter

By Nikita Biryukov, May 14 2019 9:34 pm

Incumbents in Margate have defeated their lone challenger.

Mayor Maury Blumberg and Councilmen John Amodeo and Mike Becker have defeated Calvin Tesler, an adjunct professor and doctoral student who moved to Margate two years ago.

Blumberg was the top vote-getter with 794 ballots cast in his name. Amodeo came next, winning 768 votes, only six more than Beck’s 762.

Tesler received 533 votes.

There are still nearly 200 vote-by-mail ballots and 40 provisional ballots that need to be counted.  Tesler would need to win virtually all of them to win.

Before seeking local office in Margate, Amodeo served three terms in the Assembly before narrowly losing re-election in 2013.

Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, then mayor of Northfield, defeated Amodeo by just 40 votes that year.

Amodeo saw his political career revived when he ran for local office alongside Becker and now-former Councilwoman Brenda Taube in 2015.

Blumberg defeated Taube by roughly 130 votes that year.

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