Ward 2 incumbent Republican James Toto garnered 714 votes to Democratic challenger and former Mayor John DiMaria’s 534. In Ward 1, Republican incumbent Kirk Gerety received 764 votes to Democratic challenger Genevieve DeVito's 543.
High property taxes and foreclosures were hot topics along the campaign trail. Each candidate weighed in on the need for the city to do more with less and find ways to attract more ratables to offset taxes. Both Gerety and Toto said they feel the city is headed in a positive direction. Toto said he wants to continue the work council has begun.
Somers Point Board of Education
Two incumbents will return, with Michael Sweeder netting 1,055 votes and John D. Conover 1,109. Picking up the third seat is Joshua Palombo, who tallied 1,055 votes. Anthony Zappile came in close behind with 929 votes. For all four candidates, the hot topic was the upcoming redistricting of the Somers Point schools.
Mainland Regional Board of Education
Incumbent Albert Becker, who was appointed in May to replace the retiring Sally Gorski, will return to the regional board representing Somers Point. Becker ran unopposed and received 694 votes.