Toms River: Republican Councilman Mo Hill leads Democratic mayoral candidate Jonathan Petro by 265 votes, 11,135-10,870.
Hill’s slate of council candidates swept their races.
Matthew Lotano received 12,112 votes. Joshua Kopp got 11,609, and Kevin Geoghegan had 11,612 ballots cast in his name.
Democrats Drew Boyle, Karin Sage and Michele Williams had 9,040, 9,039 and 9,187 votes cast in their names.
Brick: Brick Democrats held three of their council seats and knocked Councilman James Fozman, who switched parties last year after a feud with Democratic mayor John Ducey, out of office.
Councilwoman Andrea Zapcic was the top vote-getter, with 8,387 ballots cast in her name.
Councilmembers Arthur Halloran and Lisa Crate got 8,002 and 8,049 votes, respectively.
Democratic Newcomer Vincent Minichino got 7,860 votes.
Republican challengers Victoria Chadwick, Max Flores and Neil Napolitano got 7,024, 6,762 and 6,691 votes respectively.
Fozman ran in last place with 6,348 votes.
Last year, Fozman endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin a day before defecting to the Republican party.
Democrats victory there was their only one in the county.
Countywide: Republican incumbents easily won races for countywide office in Ocean County.
Sheriff Michael Mastronardy more than doubled the vote count of Democratic Challenger Gene Davis, beating him 79,294-34,128.
Democratic freeholder candidates fared only a little better.
Republican Freeholders John Kelly and Ginny Haines got 72,867 and 72,573 votes, respectively.
Democratic challenger David Wright got 36,200 votes, and Jean Czarkowski got 36,809.
Independent Daniel Valentine got 2,109 votes.