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Talerico wins contested primary; will seek new term as Eatontown mayor

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EATONTOWN – Anthony Talerico, who is currently serving as Eatontown’s mayor, and his running mates for Borough Council have won the Democratic nominations to represent their party in the Nov. 8 municipal election.

Seeking the mayoral nomination in the contested June 7 Democratic primary election were Talerico, who previously held the mayor’s office as an independent, and Jasmine Story, a former borough councilwoman.

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According to results posted online by the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office, Talerico emerged victorious in the primary with 580 votes. Story received 292 votes. The results are unofficial until they have been certified by the county.

No Republican candidate appeared on the primary election ballot for mayor.

According to a verified complaint from Story that successfully put her on the Democratic primary ballot, a Republican candidate filed to run for mayor, but the nominating petition was rejected by the municipal clerk and Republicans declined to take legal action.

In the primary election, 62 write-in votes were cast in the Republican primary for mayor, according to the county clerk’s office, and a Republican nominee may be selected by the write-in votes.

Two three-year Borough Council terms will be on the ballot in a contested Nov. 8 election. The terms are currently held by Republicans Maria Escalante and Kevin Gonzalez, who is serving as council president in 2022.

Escalante and Gonzalez ran unopposed in the Republican primary. According to the county clerk’s office, Gonzalez received 496 votes and Escalante received 491 votes.

In a contested Democratic primary election for the two Borough Council nominations, former council members Meir Araman and Virgina East emerged as the top vote-getters.

East received 554 votes and Araman received 491 votes, while Angela Brunelli received 302 votes and Todd Miller received 274 votes, according to the county clerk’s office.

Araman, East and Talerico ran together with the affiliation of the Monmouth County Democrats.

Brunelli, Miller and Story ran together with the affiliation of the Eatontown Democrats.

Republicans currently hold a 5-1 majority on the Eatontown Borough Council.

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