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Second GOP Spot on Sea Bright Council Must Be Decided By Sept. 11

SEA BRIGHT: The deadline to decide who will be the second Republican candidate for Sea Bright Council is Sept. 11, but county officials said the paperwork to start the process of deciding last week’s tie primary will come next week.

The June 3 primary saw three Republicans vying for two candidate spots for council. The unofficial results from the Monmouth County Clerk of Elections: newcomer John M. Lamia Jr. received 66 votes while GOP incumbents C. Read Murphy and James LoBiondo II each received 46 votes.

The process for breaking a tie falls to the Republican County Chairperson to certify which candidate will appear on the November ballot for the municipal election. However, this week the elections for the county party chairpersons were held. Shaun Golden is the new GOP county chair, and Vin Gopal was reelected as the Democrat county chair.

Golden has until Sept. 11 to sign off on who will be the second candidate, according to the county clerk of elections. The clerk’s office will be sending the paperwork to Golden next week.

The tie between Murphy and Lobiondo creates a vacancy on the ballot, which causes the county chairperson to be notified. The party can fill the vacancy with either one of the candidates, Murphy or Lobiondo, or choose a new candidate for the election.

In the Republican primary in Sea Bright, 117 votes were cast, including one write-in.

The Democratic primary for council had Cori Socher receiving 17 votes. According to the county clerk office, Charlie Rooney III received six of the 11 write-in votes.

Two Sea Bright council seats are up for grabs in the Nov. 4 general election.

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