UPDATE: AsburyParkSun reports that if the Monmouth County Board of Elections decision to not count the disqualified Vote By Mail ballots is overturned, that a runoff election between Mayor John Moor and Remond Palmer could be triggered.
Asbury Park Mayor-elect John Moor told MMM that he was informed by City Attorney Fredrick Raffetto this afternoon that the City has been served with a lawsuit seeking to overturn the results of both the municipal and Board of Education elections that were held on November 4, 2014. According to Moor’s recalculation, the plaintiffs are Remond Palmer, the “A-Team” candidate for mayor and Arva Council, an “A-Team” candidate for Board of Education.
Moor said that his understanding is that the plaintiffs are seeking to have the results of the election overturned and for the 353 Vote By Mail ballots disqualified by the Monmouth County Board of Election to be counted.
Raffetto was has not yet responded to messages left for him seeking information about that suit.
According to the official results posted on the Monmouth County website, 353 votes would not have changed the outcome of the municipal elections for Mayor or Council. Moor defeated the second place Palmer by 672 votes in the mayoral race. Amy Quinn, Jesse Kendle, Joe Woerner and Yvonne Clayton rounded out Moor’s victorious “Asbury Together” ticket with victories exceeding 700 votes. Asbury Park voters elected an entire governing body and instituted a new form of government.
The Board of Education election which had six candidates for three seats was much closer. Top vote winner Carol Jones earning 1035 votes and last place Council (one of the lawsuit plaintiffs) earning 784 votes. It is mathematically possible that the lawsuit, if successful, will change the results of the Board of Education election.
Moor said that his swearing in and those of Council members Quinn, Kendle, Woerner and Clayton will go forward as planned on New Years Day. Quinn is expected to be named Deputy Mayor, according to AsburyParkSun.