CAPE MAY — Mayor Ed Mahaney has won his fifth election and second four-year term as mayor.

The race had been too close to call since the polls closed on Nov. 6. Hurricane Sandy caused delays getting absentee and provisional ballots. The Cape May County Clerk’s Office issued “official results” on Wednesday night giving Mahaney a 12-vote victory over challenger Rusty Chew. The final vote was 668 to 656.

Mahaney, 67, of Ohio Avenue, won council elections in 1995, 1997 and 2000. He won the mayor’s race in 2008 and will be sworn in for his second term at the Jan. 1 reorganization meeting.

“The support from the voters of Cape May is very appreciated by me, and I will do my absolute best effort in the next four years to justify that confidence,” Mahaney said Friday. “I expect to move the town forward to meet the needs of residents, business people and visitors.”

On election night, Chew, 56, of Yacht Avenue, was ahead 547-545 after polls closed. Absentee ballots added that night put Mahaney ahead 666-647. Since then, Mahaney picked up two more votes, and Chew added nine votes. Problems caused by Hurricane Sandy, including impacts on the U.S. Postal Service delivering absentee ballots, led to the delay.

In other news, the county announced that eight Board of Education seats could go to write-in selections. No one filed to run for the seats. The write-in winners are eligible to take office, or they could decline the seats.

The eight positions, winners and length of terms include:

Cape May, Jane Elwell, 1-year term

Sea Isle City, Margaret Lennon, 3-year term

Sea Isle City, Barbara Drew, 2-year term

West Cape May, Leonard Wilmore, 3-year term

West Cape May, Jan Conwell, 3-year term

West Cape May Christopher Wood, 1-year term

West Wildwood, Lori Perloff, 3-year term

Wildwood Crest, James J. Johnson, 2-year term

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