Glasser, Kern, Triboletti win re-election in Somers Point

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SOMERS POINT – Republican John L. “Jack” Glasser has been elected here to his second term as mayor, and he will be joined by fellow incumbent council members Maureen Kern and Ralph Triboletti.

Glasser, 58, defeated independent candidate Daniel Gudauskas 1,650-558 in the Nov. 8 general election according to unofficial results from City Clerk Carol Degrassi. Glasser was elected to council in 2006 and served one year before being elected mayor in 2007. He also serves on the Planning Board.

Glasser, who received nearly 75 percent of the vote, had 25 years with the Northfield Police Department before retiring as a captain in 2002. He spent 20 years with the New Jersey Air National Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing, and prior to that had four years of active duty with the U.S. Air Force.

He said Wednesday that he is both honored and humbled by the voters’ confidence in him to serve a second term and pledged to work for them over the next four years.

“I have dedicated my life to the service of my country and my community, and I am humbled that they have overwhelmingly decided to return me as their mayor,” he said.

The mayor said he is looking forward to the completion of the city’s vision and master plans and the Route 52 causeway project, calling it an “economic engine for this area.”

He said he will continue to support the return of the remains of Cmdr. Richard Somers from Tripoli, Libya, to his home in Somers Point.

Gudauskas, 47, received 25 percent of the vote. He challenged Glasser as an independent candidate after no Democratic candidates filed for the June primary election.

Glasser received 867 votes in Ward 1, with 274 in District 1, 214 in District 2, 116 in District 3 and 263 in District 4. Gudauskas received 307 votes in Ward 1 with 113 votes in District 1, 71 in District 2, 36 in District 3 and 67 in District 4.

In Ward 2, Glasser carried 803 votes to Gudauskas’ 251. Glasser tallied 168 in District 1, 155 in District 2, 213 in District 3 and 267 in District 4. Gudauskas received 72 in District 1, 41 in District 2, 39 in District 3 and 99 in District 4.

Both councilmen ran unchallenged in their re-election bid.

In Ward 1 Triboletti received 903 votes, and Kern in Ward 2 received 881. Neither faced a challenge in the general election or the June primary.

Glasser said he had two great running mates in this election who worked hard during the campaign.

“They bring so much to the table along with all our council members,” he said.  “I am so happy they were on the ticket.”

Republicans hold a 6-1 majority on council.

Voters roundly supported the sports betting ballot question here by a vote of 1,705 in favor to 371 against.

 

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