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Primaries set election fields in Hazlet, Holmdel, Keyport, Matawan, Middletown

The June 7 primary elections have confirmed the candidates who will run for local office in the Nov. 8 general election in Hazlet, Holmdel, Keyport, Matawan and Middletown.

There is no municipal election in Aberdeen Township this year.

The results of the primary elections and the vote totals have been posted online by the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office. The results are unofficial until they have been certified by the county.

In Hazlet, three Democrats and three Republicans are expected to face off for three available terms on the Township Committee. Two three-year terms and a two-year unexpired term will be on the ballot on Nov. 8.

Republican Township Committeeman Michael Glackin is not seeking re-election.

According to results posted online, Kevin Lavan and David Personette will be the Democratic nominees for the three-year terms. Lavan received 548 votes and Personette received 535 votes in the June 7 primary.

The Republican nominees for the three-year terms will be Township Committeeman Robert Preston and James Cavuto. In the primary, Cavuto received 1,106 votes and Preston received 1,094 votes.

Lucille LoSapio will be the Democratic nominee for the two-year unexpired term. She received 546 votes in the primary.

Township Committeeman Peter Terranova will be the Republican nominee for the two-year unexpired term. He received 1,115 votes in the primary.

Each primary election was uncontested. Republicans hold all five seats on the Township Committee in Hazlet.

In Holmdel, six candidates will vie for two three-year terms on the Township Committee in the Nov. 8 general election.

Two Republicans and two Democrats ran unopposed in the June 7 primary and two residents have filed to run as independent candidates.

Republican voters nominated Kimberley LaMountain and Brian Foster. LaMountain received 1,066 votes in the primary and Foster received 1,067 votes in the primary.

Democratic voters nominated Barbara Singer and Rahul Diddi. Singer received 512 votes in the primary and Diddi received 501 votes in the primary.

The residents who filed to run as independent candidates are Prakash Santhana, who is currently serving on the Township Committee, and Rajesh Mohan. Both candidates indicated they are running under the Holmdel First banner.

As of June 9, nominating petitions that were filed by the independent candidates were still under review and independent candidates will not be finalized until after the deadline for filing objections to petitions passes. The deadline is 4 p.m. June 13, according to Cassandra Achille, assistant supervisor for elections, Office of the Monmouth County Clerk – Elections Division.

Township Committeewoman Cathy Weber is not running for a new term.

In Keyport, Democrats and Republicans are seeking the mayor’s office and two Borough Council terms in a race that could decide control of the municipal government.

The four-year term for the mayor’s office and two three-year council terms will be on the ballot in the Nov. 8 election.

The mayor’s office is currently held by Democrat Collette Kennedy, who is not seeking re-election. The council terms that will be on the ballot are currently held by Democrats Victoria Pacheco and Delia Sosa McDermott.

According to the county clerk’s office, Pacheco will be the Democratic nominee for mayor. She received 243 votes in the June 7 primary.

The Republican nominee for mayor will be Borough Councilwoman Rose Araneo, who received 372 votes in the primary. If Araneo is elected mayor she will leave her council seat and an appointment will be made to fill the vacancy.

The Democratic nominees for Borough Council will be McDermott and Danielle Mastropiero. Mastropiero received 247 votes and McDermott received 241 votes in the primary.

The Republican nominees for Borough Council will be Cathleen Reilly and Melissa Vecchio. In the primary, Reilly received 365 votes and Vecchio received 363 votes.

The council currently has a 3-3 tie among Democrats and Republicans. A sweep by the Democrats in November would maintain that tie, while Republican council victories would give the GOP a 4-2 majority or a 5-1 majority.

In Matawan, four candidates will square off in November for two three-year seats on the Borough Council. The Republican and Democratic primary elections were uncontested.

The Republican candidates for council will be Richard Galasso, who received 395 votes in the primary, and Florence Hult, who received 386 votes.

The Democratic candidates for council will be Borough Councilman Brian Livesey, who received 274 votes in the primary, and Steven Russell, who received 268 votes.

Borough Councilman Brett Cannon is not running for a new term. His current term will end on Dec. 31.

In Middletown, four candidates will square off in November for two three-year seats on the Township Committee. The Republican and Democratic primary elections on June 7 were uncontested.

Republicans hold all five seats on the governing body.

The Republican candidates for committee will be Township Committeeman Kevin Settembrino, who received 3,888 votes in the primary, and Township Committeeman Rick Hibell, who received 3,853 votes.

The Democratic candidates for committee will be James Grenafege, who received 2,053 votes in the primary, and Rocky Rios, who received 2,029 votes.

Independent Managing Editor Mark Rosman contributed to this article.

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