Aberdeen Council: Democrats held all four of the council seats up for election in Aberdeen Tuesday.
Democratic incumbent Arthur Hirsch was the top vote-getter with 1,852 votes.
Councilmembers Concetta Kelly and Gregory Cannon weren’t far behind with 1,831 and 1,830 votes, respectively.
Robert Swindle was the last place finisher on the Democratic side, winning 1,824 votes.
That was still enough to defeat Republican challenger Alicia Botticelli, the top GOP vote-getter.
Republican challengers Theresa Furmato Velardi, James Eccles III and William Sullivan won 1,476, 1,466 and 1,451 votes, respectively.
Tuesday’s wins mean Democrats will hold onto their 7-0 council majority.
Atlantic Highlands: Republicans swept mayoral and council races hear, winning majority control over the borough’s legislative body in the process.
Democratic Mayor Rhonda LeGrice lost to Republican Challenger Loretta Gluckstein, 836-612. Independent Joshua Leinsdorf won 162 votes.
Republican Council candidates Stephen Boracchia and Brian Boms earned 896 and 858 votes, respectively, beating out incumbent Councilwoman Kerri Kennedy and Democratic newcomer Linda Peng-Grooters.
Kennedy got 667 votes, while Peng-Grooters got 696.
Belmar Council: Republicans kept the majority they won on the borough council last year as two GOP incumbents sailed to victory here Tuesday.
Councilman James McCracken was the top vote-getter with 910 ballots cast in his name.
Councilman Tom Carvelli won 822 votes, while Democratic challengers Cheryl Russo and Maggie McBride won 626 and 638 votes, respectively.
Independent James Bean got 315 votes.
Eatontown Council: Republican challengers won both of the council seats up to a vote this year, ousting Democratic incumbents on a controversial ticket.
Republican Kevin Gonzalez was the race’s top vote-getter with 1,386 ballots cast in his name.
Marie Grazia Escalante wasn’t far behind, winning 1,357 votes.
Councilman Al Baginsky got 1,002 votes, and Councilwoman Tonya Rivera won 970.
Freehold Borough: Democrat Kevin Kane defeated MaryAnn Earle 1,124-867 to win retiring Mayor Nolan Higgins’ seat Tuesday.
Kane’s running mates, Councilwoman Margaret Rogers and newcomer Adam Reich, defeated their Republican opponents.
Rogers got 1,097 votes, while Reich earned 1,064.
Republican Lori Annetta had 852 ballots cast in her name, and Michael Lichardi had 888 voters pull the lever for him.
Holmdel Township Committee: Independent challengers have won at least one seat here, but the second may be too close to call.
Challenger Cathy Weber won 2,072 votes and will successfully take one of the Republican-held seats, but Prakash Santhana, the other independent, finished second with 1,991 votes.
That puts him only 26 votes ahead of Republican newcomer Chiung-Yin Cheng Lui and only 38 votes ahead of Mayor Eric Hinds.
In both cases, it’s close enough for a recount.
Oceanport: Independent challengers swept mayoral and council races here.
Mayor Jay Coffey, running as an indepdent, got 1,363 votes, more than double GOP candidate Robert Proto’s 603.
His running mates, Thomas Tvrdik and Meghan Walker, won 1,258 and 1,178 votes, respectively.
They ousted Council President Joseph Irace, who got 730 votes, and Councilman Stephen Solan, who got 675 votes.
Tinton Falls Council: The Independent Advocates for Tinton Falls slate easily beat out the Your Voice in Tinton Falls slate to win the three council seats up for election here.
Tracy Buckley won 2,208 votes, while Risa Clay won 2,169 votes and Mike Nesci won 2,192 votes.
Ronald Wollner received 1,429 votes, while Donald Michaels received 1,484 votes and Kenneth Asmar got 1,304.
Lawrence Dobrin, who mounted a council bid on his own without a slate, got 477 votes.
Tinton Falls has non-partisan races.
Bradley Beach Council: Democrat-backed candidates swept the non-partisan race here, winning all four of the council seats up for election.
Councilman John Weber, the top vote-getter, had 637 ballots cast in his name, while Councilman Randy Bonnell, also on the Fair Transparent Government – Real Change slate, won 571.
The slate’s other two members, Tim Sexsmith and Al Gubitosi, wont 565 and 559 votes, respectively.
Those two successfully ousted Councilmen Harold Cotler, who got 498 votes, and Councilman Normal Goldfarb, who got 462 votes.
The Republican-backed incumbents slate mates, Salvatore Galassetti and William Psiuk, got 516 vote and 453 votes, respectively.