Businessman Jody J. Levchuk ousted two-tern Ocean City Councilman Anthony Wilson by 14 votes to capture the 3rd Ward seat.
Wilson was one of two incumbents in the state to lose his seat in an all-VBM election held in 33 municipalities across the state. Gov. Phil Murphy called off in-person voting to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Levchuk, who owns a business on the Ocean City boardwalk, had led Wilson by 10 votes, 556 to 547, on Tuesday.
After 28 new vote-by-mail ballots that arrived on Wednesday and Thursday were counted, Levchuk won by a vote of 573 to 559, 50.4%-49.2%.
Voter turnout was at 41% for the 3rd Ward race.
Wilson, the council vice president, was first elected in 2012 with 77% of the vote and was unopposed when he sought re-election four years ago.
Levchuk is the owner of Jilly’s Stores on the Ocean City boardwalk and is a board member of the New Jersey Amusement Association.
1st Ward Councilman Michael DeVlieger and 4th Ward Councilman Bob Barr were unopposed in their bids for re-election.
In the 2nd Ward, Tomaso Rotondi won his first term on the city council without opposition. He will take the seat Antwan McClellan gave up in January to assume his new post as an assemblyman.