By JOHN T. WARD
Voters also overwhelmingly approved a referendum to change the town’s form of government and election process, and elected political newcomer Billy Portman to succeed Pasquale Menna as mayor, official results posted by the Monmouth County Clerk Monday showed.
With all ballots – early- and election day in-person; mail-in and dropbox; those marked provisional or requiring “cure letters” – marked “processed” shortly after noon Monday, Mirandi and Jackson topped Republicans Mark Taylor and Jonathan Maciel Penney in the race for two council seats.
Of the four, only Jackson responded to a redbankgreen request for comment Monday:
Mirandi was appointed to fill a vacancy in February; Jackson will succeed Councilwoman Kathy Horgan, who did not seek a sixth three-year term.
More than 68 percent of voters answered “yes” to the public question on changing the form of government in place since 1908 with a “council-manager” form.
Because the referendum called for an all-new governing body to be seated July 1, 2023, Portman, Mirandi and Jackson, as well as the incumbent council members, will have to run for election again in May if they hope to keep their positions.
In the interim, all seven governing body seats will be occupied by Democrats for the sixth straight year beginning January 1.
Voter turnout ranged from a low of 33.6 percent in district 9 to a high of 58.5 percent in district 1, with an overall rate of 43.5 percent, the clerk’s office reported.
Here are the tallies as the counting progressed:
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