The more things change, the more they stay the same in southern Ocean County for Democrats and Republicans.

In what has come to be no surprise here, Republicans swept most municipal and county races.

In the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders race, Republican Joseph Vicari faced off against Democrat Michele Rosen and won Tuesday.

Late Tuesday night, with 404 of 410 polling places reporting results, Vicari received about 65 percent of the vote. Rosen had about 34 percent of the vote.

Vicari was celebrating his victory at the Holiday Inn in Toms River with county Republicans.

“It’s a great victory, with all of the services we provide in Ocean County. We’re the best place to live, work, and retire, and we have a AAA bond rating,” Vicari said.  “With this victory, though, I realize I am going to have to work a lot harder over the next three years to earn the trust of all the residents in Ocean County.”

Vicari has served as an Ocean County freeholder since 1981 and is a former mayor of Toms River.

Rosen ran for the Ocean County Clerk seat last year against Republican Clerk Scott Colabella. In 2007, Rosen threw her hat in the race for a 9th District Assembly seat.

A special election held in Stafford Township pitted appointed Councilman Henry Mancini against businessman Paul Marchal, with Mancini winning the one-year unexpired seat in a landslide.

Marchal owns an Edible Arrangements retail store in the township and is a member of the township Planning and Zoning boards.

With 19 of 20 polling places reporting results late Tuesday, Mancini received about 79 percent of the vote. Marchal snagged just about 20 percent of the vote.

“I’m very humbled by the process, and I’m very proud of the work we’ve done in the last six months,” Mancini said. “But until you’re actually elected by the people, that’s when it feels great. It really feels good to get the support of the people.”

Mancini wished Marchal the best and thanked him for running a clean race. Mancini said he is looking forward to continuing to promote open government and making sure the council remains transparent.

“The big ticket coming up, of course, is the budget. We’re going to roll up our sleeves and present a bare-bones budget,” he said.

Mancini was appointed to the position this past spring after former Mayor John McMenamin was removed from office following discrepancies connected to his residency.

Councilman John Spodofora was appointed mayor after the council voted to oust McMenamin from office. Spodofora also won Tuesday after running for the seat uncontested.

Spodofora has sat on the Township Council for more than 20 years.

In Little Egg Harbor Township, incumbent Republican Committeemen Ray Gormley and John Kehm defeated Democrats Matthew A. Bieda and Vito Forlenza.

Gormley received 2,551 votes, about 34 percent, and Kehm received 2,406 votes or about 32 percent.

Bieda and Forlenza each received about 16 percent of the votes.

Contact Donna Weaver:

609-226-9198

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