Republican Rich Dase, a lifelong resident of Galloway, is nearly 700 votes ahead in his bid for re-election to the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders in District 4, which includes Galloway, Port Republic, Absecon and Brigantine.
Unofficial vote tallies show that Dase receiving 11,346 votes, compared with 10,652 for Democratic challenger Steve Stokes. There were five write-in votes, and there are many more ballots to be counted.
Dase was unanimously elected vice chairman of the freeholder board in September, replacing Will Pauls, who moved out of Atlantic County.
Stokes, an Army veteran with 22 years of service, said there is a lot more counting to be done.
“There are 2,531 mail-in ballots to be counted and I’m only down by 694, and that’s not counting provisionals,” he said. “So it’s not over yet. Hopefully, I won’t have to concede.”
Stokes said the county stopped counting ballots at 10 p.m. and will reconvene 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Stokes mounted an unsuccessful bid for freeholder at large two years ago.
Dase was unavailable for comment.