HAZLET – Hazlet’s Republicans will take full control of borough government in January, as a result of a competitive election between first-time Township Committee candidates in the Tuesday Nov. 6 election.
Also Tuesday, Deputy Mayor Sue Kiley, a member of the five-member governing body, won her bid for a seat on the county Freeholder board in January. Her two-year unexpired term will be filled with a resident appointed by the all-Republican committee at the 2019 reorganization meeting.
The Monmouth County County Clerk’s election results show that Republicans Tara Clark and James “Skip” McKay scored victories over Democrats John Bird and Ryan O’Steen.
According to unofficial vote tallies posted by the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office, Clark, a leader in the successful fight to stop a controversial JCP&L power line, collected 27 percent of the 15,438 votes cast, and McKay, a Land Use Board member and First Aid Squad volunteer, won 26 percent.
Bird won 24 percent and O’Steen won 23 percent of the votes, according to the county.
In Hazlet’s 17 districts, voter turnout was high for a midterm election. It ranged from a low of 41 percent of eligible voters in District 15 (which votes at Sycamore Drive School) to a high of 57 percent in District 9 (which votes at the Beers Street School.)There were 600 mail-in ballots.
In 2014’s midterm election, in which Sue Kiley ran against Kevin Lavan and won, Hazlet voter turnout by district ranged from 27 percent to 41 percent.