Somers Point voted to keep Democratic incumbent Carl D'Adamo as Councilman at-large Tuesday with 2,143 votes.
As of 9:30 p.m. the unofficial numbers show D'Adamo ahead of opponent Ralph Triboletti by 331 votes in a city with a large Republican base.
Of seven council seats, six are held by one party.
“Somers Point has a strong Republican base, but our undecided base is more than the combined” registered as either Democrat or Republican, Triboletti said earlier in the day.
Triboletti, the Republican nominee for the Somers Point City Council At-Large seat, is currently serving as First Ward councilman. His term expires next year.
“I wish I didn’t have to run against Carl,” Triboletti said of his opponent. “He’s a great guy and loves the city.”
But Triboletti said he was motivated to affect a change in the city, which he cannot accomplish by being restricted to a Ward.
If Triboletti won the at-large seat, his seat would have been vacated and an appointed Republican candidate would serve until the end of his term, he said.
D’Adamo said while campaigning he pointed out to voters that while a single party rule wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, it creates a different environment in City Council.
“It comes down to are you going to stand up against your friend,” he said. “It’s important to have a representative from each party, I mean, that’s what this country is all about.”
The number of seats filled with Republicans began growing over the years in an attempt to balance the council, D'Adamo said. Now it has overbalanced and is stagnant at a 6 to 1 ratio of Republicans.
"And it's going to stay that way for a while now," D'Adamo said Tuesday after the victory.
Regardless of who takes the seat, the priority of the council is going to be looking closely at the city’s affordable housing needs, D’Adamo said.
"I am glad the citizens of Somers Point re-elected me and I just want to thank them," D'Adamo said.
He added his goals now are to continue the work he has been doing and be in touch with the people for the betterment of the city.
Two council seats were also up for election, but incumbents for each ran unopposed. Republican incumbents Thomas Smith, First Ward, and Howard Dill, Second Ward, will each serve an additional three-year term.
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