DeLucry, McClay, Picardi, Simpson win council seats for Democratic majority

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Tuesday’s election began a new chapter in our island’s biography, as two new Democrats, Lisa McClay (2nd Ward) and Joe Picardi (3rd Ward), will join reelected Rick DeLucry (4th Ward) and current councilmen-at-large Dr. Frank Kern and Dominic “Tony” Pullella to form an unprecedented Democratic majority on City Council.

Mayor Phil Guenther and newly elected Andy Simpson (1st Ward) will be the only Republicans on council. Republican councilmen Bob Solari, Steve Bonanni and Sam Storino declined to run for reelection.

Election results provided by the City Clerk’s office are unofficial until all provisional and mail-in ballots are counted, but the outcomes are expected to remain the same.

The tallied ballots are as follows:

Ward 1 – Andy Simpson, 621; Dorie Herndon, 555

Ward 2 – Lisa McClay, 495; Joe Campitelli, 421

Ward 3 – Joe Picardi, 522; Gloria Jacoby, 452

Ward 4 – Rick DeLucry, 531; Leo Troy, 352

Guenther congratulated the new council members Wednesday night at the council meeting, saying he looked forward to working with them.

Kern, chair of the Brigantine Democratic Club, submitted a statement after the election, applauding all who ran for election from both parties and calling for bipartisan solutions to local issues.

“With the election over, it is time to put political differences aside, roll up our sleeves, reach across the aisle and solve problems,” Kern said.

“Communities across the state and nation have been faced with decreasing revenues and escalating costs, leading to layoffs, hiring freezes, reduction in benefits and/or service cuts. Brigantine is facing similar challenges. Democrats, Republicans, and municipal employees must pull together to solve these problems while minimizing any financial impact on both our residents and our hardworking employees and maintaining current city services.

“The incumbent and newly elected Democratic council members will consider all possible solutions to these issues. They will strive to maintain jobs and stabilize municipal taxes in order to keep Brigantine an island you can ‘afford to love for life.’ ”

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