The A-Team slate of candidates in the Asbury Park election has hired Monmouth County Republican Chairman John Bennett as their attorney to challenge today’s election results.
Bennett told MMM’s Tommy DeSeno that he will be verifying what votes were not counted and why. He said he would also be looking at how many votes of the thrown out absentees may have voted provisionally and still need to be counted.
An A-Team campaign worker told DeSeno that the team believes they can pick up three of the five seats on the City Council. The didn’t win any seats in the unofficial count of machine and vote by mail (absentee) ballots.
The A-Team is comprised of former Councilman James Keady, former board of education member Redmond Palmer, Duanne Small, Nora Hyland and Daniel Harris. The top three A-Team candidates, Keady, Small and Harris, would need to pick up approximately 200 votes that have been rejected in order to over come the leads of the bottom three “unofficial” winners, Myra Campbell, Sue Henderson and John Loffredo.
Keady received 409 votes in the unofficial tally; Small 405 and Harris 388. Unofficial winners Loffredo received 640 votes, Henderson 608 and Campbell 598.
Four candidates of the 22 who ran, lost “unofficially” with more votes than the A-Team’s top three. Incumbent Kevin Sanders, a former mayor and former Republican of the Forward Asbury slate received 574 votes, Joe Woerner of the One Asbury slate received 566 votes, Talesha Crank of One Asbury received 441 votes, William Potter of the Forward Asbury slate received 431 votes, and Gregory Hopson received 428 votes.
The top “unofficial” winners, John Moor with 699 votes and Amy Quinn with 693, both of One Asbury, appear to be safe in what appears to be an inevitable recounted elected.
UPDATE 11:42 PM AsburyParkSun reports that A-Team candidate Jim Keady claims that 332 mail-in ballots have not been counted. Keady said 80 of the ballots were discarded because they were not filled in properly.