OCEANPORT: The borough will have a new mayor next year according to unofficial results from the Monmouth County Clerk's Office.
"The Monmouth County Clerk's Office has conducted a preliminary count of the write-in votes that were cast on the voting machines and by Vote By Mail ballots on Election Day for mayor and council in the Borough of Oceanport," according to Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon.
John Coffey's write-in candidacy appears to have worked as he received 949 of 988 total write-in votes while incumbent Mayor Michael Mahon totaled 721. The write in votes has to be properly submitted and Coffey's name had to be spelled correctly for the votes to count.
Those totals include mail-in ballots but not provisional ballots and have not yet been certified by the clerk.
Mahon has served as Oceanport's mayor for two terms.
Republican candidates John Patti, an incumbent, and Patricia Cooper have won two seats on the borough council with 901 and 843 votes, respectively. Cullin Wible also launched a write-in campaign, but there were only 694 write-in votes submitted in his name on Election Day.
Republican Stuart Briskey, who was running to fill a 1-year unexpired term left by the resignation of former councilman Robert Lynch, ran unopposed for the spot and received 1,014 votes.
Hanlon said there are approximately 15 provisional ballots from Oceanport and that the ballots "are in the custody and control of the Monmouth County superintendent of elections so that was it."
Those ballots will not be enough to change the victors in either the council or mayoral races.
The date for accounting of provisional ballots is Monday, Nov. 9.