Election Day 2019 was a great day for Monmouth County Democrats. Our success is a clear indication that the vision of the Democratic Party continues to inspire voters across the county. Let us celebrate our impressive victories across the county this year.
At the state level, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey secured their third consecutive term representing New Jersey’s 11th Legislative District. Eric and Joann have been at the forefront of New Jersey’s blue wave in recent years. As members of the Assembly, they have led the fight for Democratic values in Trenton. Their re-election is a reflection of their profound leadership and dedication to their constituents.
Democrats defended their control in several Monmouth County municipalities.
The party maintained control in Aberdeen, with Councilmembers Greg Cannon, Artie Hirsch, Robert Swindle, and Concetta Kelley winning re-election.
In Freehold Borough, Kevin Kane, current Council President, won the Mayoral seat, incumbent Margaret Rogers was elected for her first full term, and Adam Reich was elected on council.
Keyport Councilwomen Victoria Pacheco and Delia Sosa McDermott defended their seats on the council.
In Lake Como, Douglas Witte and Hawley Scull maintained their council seats.
Manasquan Mayor Edward Donovan and Councilman Richard Read each won re-election as well.
In Marlboro, Mayor Jon Hornik secured re-election with his running mates Randi Marder and Michael Scalea.
Matawan Mayor Joe Altomonte won re-election to his second term as Mayor, Brett Cannon secured his re-election, and Brian Livesey and John Lazar solidified Democratic control.
In Neptune Township, Carol Rizzo and Robert Lane each maintained their committee seats.
Red Bank Councilwoman Kathy Horgan and Councilman Erik Yngstrom won re-election.
Roosevelt Mayor Peggy Malkin and Councilmen Michael Hamilton, Luke Dermody and Chad Vroman all won re-election.
In Shrewsbury Township, Committeeman Glenwood Puhak defended his seat.
Spring Lake Borough Mayor Jennifer Naughton also won re-election.
In addition to defending municipal control throughout Monmouth County, Democrats also gained some important municipal seats.
In Fair Haven, Democrats Meghan Chrisner-Keefe and Michael McCue secured two council seats that were previously controlled by Republicans.
Sea Bright Democrats picked up a council seat from the Republicans with the election of Samuel Catalano.
We had a very competitive Sheriff and Freeholder race this year. Ray Dothard campaigned around the county this past campaign season. Candidates Michael Penna and Moira Nelson took on the challenge of becoming the first Democratic Freeholders in Monmouth County in over ten years. They ran an outstanding campaign and we are very proud of their efforts.
Democrats also ran strong local races in Allentown, Atlantic Highlands, Belmar, Freehold Township, Hazlet, Middletown, Neptune City, Shrewsbury Boro, and Spring Lake Heights. We are proud of all of them.
Also Republicans lost incumbents in Holmdel and Oceanport.
It is a great time to be a Democrat in Monmouth County. We would like to thank our candidates, supporters, and volunteers, as none of what we achieved this year would be possible without their hard work and dedication. We are so proud of the immense progress we made in this election.
Let us use these victories as momentum as we push towards the 2020 election cycle. We know it will be a challenge, and we are ready for the fight.