ABSECON — Democrats appear to have won the three City Council seats available Tuesday and will have a 5-2 majority on the governing body next year.

However, Democrat Betty Howell, a retired health and physical education teacher in the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District, narrowly defeated incumbent Republican Jim Vizthum by only two votes, 662-660.

Election totals will not become official until mail-in votes are counted and the results are certified by the Atlantic County Board of Elections.

Democrat Steven Light, a 20-year electrician with Calvi Electric, defeated incumbent Republican Councilman-at-large Michael Ring 1,244-1,119.

Finally, incumbent Democrat Kim Horton, a third-grade Absecon school teacher, topped Republican challenger Edward Vincent 642-429 to retain her seat on council.

Howell and Light will join Horton and fellow Democrats Sandy Cain and Keith Bennett on the council in January.

In the Absecon Board of Education election, incumbent Thomas J. Grites and candidate Eric Neal ran unopposed. Neal, who had previously served from 2014-16 on the board, received 1,154 votes. Grites received 1,119 votes.

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