In the three-way race to determine which candidate would earn the four-year council at-large seat, voters returned veteran councilman and former Mayor Frank Perri to his seat. Perri netted 1,364 votes, Republican challenger Greg Dewees got 958, and Libertarian Party candidate John Ordille received 122, according to uncertified election-night tallies that may not include mail-in votes.
In the Ward 1 race, Democrat Susan M. Korngut won over Republican challenger Peter Brophy 673 votes to 473 for the seat currently held by Councilman Nick Piergiovanni, who chose not to run for re-election.
In the Ward 2 race voters returned incumbent Republican Jim O’Neill for another three-year term over Democratic challenger Jerry McGee 666-589.
Korngut sat quietly at the Northfield Community School once the polls closed, watching everything begin to fall into place. Only moments, before the first-time candidate said that whatever the outcome, she knew she had done the best she could on the campaign trail.
"I knocked on every door, and every person I met I asked them to consider me on Election Day," she said.
It soon became apparent that she had come out on top over first-time candidate Peter Brophy.
"I am taking all of this in," she said.
"My dad grew up watching his mother reuse tea bags and paper towels, and I look around tonight and say, life is good. I have to thank the voters in Northfield who saw something in me and have given me a chance," she continued. "I will celebrate this evening, but tomorrow I will get to work for the residents of Northfield."
Brophy was among the first to offer his congratulations to Korngut on her victory.
Board of Education
Three seats were up for election on the Northfield Board of Education, and board members Jon Barnhart, Stephanie Woodhouse Hughes and Christopher Kennedy were all running unopposed for another three-year term. Barnhart was top vote-getter with 1,212, and Kennedy and Woodhouse Hughes were close with 1,168 and 1,166 tallies, respectively. All tallies are unofficial and may not include mail-in votes.
Board of Education
Four candidates were looking for one of the three open seats on the school board in only the second time voters here have had a chance to elect their board since changing from a Type I to a Type II school district in 2016. Kathleen “Casey” Lowry was the top vote-getter with 1,080 votes, Alexa D’Amato Barrera had 1,047 and Jason Goldstein appears to have edged Matthew Simpson 920-915.
Republicans were returned to Linwood City Council in all three races. Eric Ford out-polled Democratic challenger Michael Sommers 635-442 in Ward 1. Darren Matick, running unopposed for the at-large seat, netted 1,517 in Ward 2, and Ralph Paolone, also unopposed, received 422 votes.
Board of Education
Four candidates were running for three open seats on the Somers Point Board of Education. For all four candidates the hot topic was the upcoming redistricting of the Somers Point schools. Incumbents Michael Sweeder and John D. Conover were returned to their seats with 1,109 votes and 1,055, respectively, and Joshua Palombo picked up the third seat with 1,055 votes. Anthony Zappile received 929 votes.
High property taxes and foreclosures were the big topics during the campaign in Somers Point, where voters returned council incumbents in both races.
In the race for the Ward 2 seat incumbent Republican James Toto received 714 votes to Democratic challenger John DiMaria’s 534. In Ward 1, Republican incumbent Kirk Gerety received 764 votes to Democratic challenger Genevieve DeVito's 543.
Mainland Regional Board of Education
The Northfield representatives on the Mainland Board of Education were all running unopposed. Rose Marie Cupo and Kevin Milhous were re-elected to another three-year term with 1,064 and 1,001 votes, respectively. Dennis Sher was returned for a partial two-year term with 1,007 votes.
There was no challenge on the Mainland Board of Education. Incumbent board member Albert Becker, who was appointed in May to replace the retiring Sally Gorski, will return to the regional board representing Somers Point. He received 694 votes.