HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — Republican John Kurtz defeated Democrat Dwight Melton by less than 20 votes to win a seat on the Township Committee, according to a count of provisional votes Monday night at the Atlantic County Courthouse.

"I was very happy to hear the results," Kurtz said. "It's a good feeling. I worked hard, and it paid off."

"I loved going out and meeting people and seeing how knowledgeable they are," Melton said. "John is a good man, and I congratulate him."

Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Mike Suleiman said he may explore a recount in the Hamilton Township race.

Monday's provisional count also showed Republican John Risley defeated Thelma Witherspoon for the final Atlantic County freeholder at-large seat.

Risley, an incumbent on the board, won by 200 votes after the county Board of Elections inspected and counted 787 provisional ballots from last week's general election.

With the win, Republicans will hold a 6-3 advantage on the board when the new members are sworn in early next year.

None of the election results have been certified.

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