Don't Count Your Chickens ... or Council-Members

FREEHOLD - With at least one seat on the borough council still to be determined in both Highlands and Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon advised residents that the General Election results remain unofficial until the Board of Elections completes its count of ballots.

In Atlantic Highlands incumbent Councilman and Council President James Murphy appears to have won the election, while the second seat to be determined is too close to call between Murphy’s running mate Ellen O’Dwyer and Planning Board member Brian Dougherty.

In Highlands, newcomer Leo Cervantes appears to have one of two seats to be decided on Council, with a second seat too close to call between former Mayor Rick O’Neil and Cervantes’ running mate Karen Chelak. O’Neil ran with Michael Warren on a Residents First team in the non-partisan election, and Cervantes rang with Chelak in the Right Time, Right Choice! ticket.

The County Clerk’s Office issued a statement saying it had been informed by the Board of Elections there will be no further updates regarding ballot counts until Friday, Nov. 12, when the Board of Elections plans to begin count of the provisional ballots.

The Board of Elections is a separate and independent office from the County Clerk’s Office and responsible for counting the Vote by Mail and provisional ballots.

For further information about these counts, the Board of Elections can be reached at 732-431-7802.

When the County Clerk’s Office receives the ballot counts from the Board of Elections, the results will be uploaded to the courtesy results page on and the Monmouth County Votes Mobile App.

For general questions, contact the County Clerk’s Election Office at 732-431-7790.


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