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Holmdel Mayor Greg Buontempo.

Republican race for Holmdel committee too close to call

By Nikita Biryukov, July 08 2020 2:30 am

The Republican race for two Holmdel township committee seats is too close to call.

Organization-backed candidates Holmdel Board of Education President Vicky Flynn and DJ Luccarelli narrowly lead Mayor Greg Buontempo and running mate Ronald Emma.

Luccarelli is in first with 497 votes, while Flynn has 426.

Buontempo has 410, while Emma has 362. The two off-the-line candidates have the backing of Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-Holmdel)

Joseph Romano is the town’s only Democratic candidate for township committee.

Those tallies do not include uncounted mail-in ballots received by Tuesday, late-arriving vote-by-mail ballots postmarked by 8 p.m. Tuesday, provisional ballots that won’t be counted for at least a week and mail-in ballots that were disqualified but may be cured at a later date.

Democratic freeholder candidates Moira Nelson and Michael Penna easily defeated primary opponents Angelica Ashford and Lucille Benfanti.

Nelson got 11,573 votes, while Penna got 11,669. Ashford and Benfanti got 3,129 and 2,727 votes, respectively.

Nelson and Penna will go on to face Freeholder Lillian Burry and Marlboro resident Ross Licitra in the general election.

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