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Democrat Challengers Topple Incumbents In Barnegat

Updates on the 2012 election will be posted here throughout the day.

Democrats will now hold the majority vote on the Barnegat Township Committee following tonight's election.

Challengers Elaine Taylor and Susan Conway defeated former mayor and current township committeeman Jeffrey Melchiondo and current mayor Al Cirulli, who have been serving on the committee since 2004, who ran on the same Republican ticket.

With all districts reporting, but mail ins yet to be tallied, Conway recieved 4,852 votes, Taylor 4,776 votes, Melchiondo, 3,756, and Cirulli, 3,676.

Taylor is a former Board of Education member and stay-at-home mother and Conway, who grew up in Barnegat, works as an attorney in Northern New Jersey. Conway served on a charter commission to re-examine the form of government in town several years ago.

Interviewed by Patch this evening, Taylor said she and Conway are "ecstatic" with the results.

Conway said that she and Taylor's immediate plans involve going over the budget with a "fine tooth comb" to see if there are any areas that should be tightened up.

Cirulli thanked his supporters, and said he will spend the remainder of his term as mayor "trying to tie up loose ends."

Melchiondo echoed those comments, noting that "we've worked hard for Barnegat over these years, adn we're not going to turn away between now and Dec. 31."

Incumbent Frank Caputo was reelected to a Board of Education seat, along with Kim Murphy, of Tradewinds Avenue, and Grace Paulus, of Jenelle Drive. They recieved more votes than one of Caputo's running mates, James Brown.

Around noon today, voters at the high school reported little to no lines for voting. 

Later in the day, one township official reported "all of the polling places are busy," but lines are moving quickly. "We're having a busy but quiet election."

General Election Results

Race Democratic Candidate Results Republican Candidate Results U.S. President Barack Obama 88,688
Mitt Romney  126,328 U.S. Senate Robert Menendez  86,199 Joe Kyrillos  113,881 House of Representatives
Shelly Adler
 45,091 Jon Runyan
66,087

Democrats (Local)   Republicans (Local)   Committee Elaine Taylor
 4776 Al Cirulli
 3676 Committee Susan Conway
4852
Jeff Melchiondo
 3756

School Board Election Results

Candidate Results JAMES J. BROWN 2,541
FRANK CAPUTO 4,035
KIM MURPHY 4,878
GRACE PAULHUS 4,172


Public Question Results

Question Yes No Question No. 1: Building Our Future Bond Act 85,232
75,280
Question No. 2: Constitutional Amendment Allowing Contributions to Be Taken From Justices' and Judges' Salaries for Their Employee Benefits 136,788
23,776
Diogenes November 06, 2012 at 06:28 PM
It is unfortunate that the government of Barnegat has turned its back on the needs of seniors. Although the township has recruited large numbers of retirees to relocate here, as can be seen in the plethora of adult communities built, the focus of municipal spending has been on ball fields, fire works, and town hall beautification. Seniors need a government that aims at holding down costs as a primary goal. Concentrate on "musts," as must collect garbage and trash, must provide clean water, must spray for insects in summer and plow snow in winter, must maintain public safety with an adequate police department and emergency response teams. Aggressive purchase of open space would have reduced ongoing over-development. Every person who moves into new housing costs the rest of us money. If a family with three children moves in, it costs the rest of us a lot of money. Over-development has brought us traffic-jams on once low traffic roads. A future nightmare is soon to be born on Rt.9. Ninety plus affordable apartments will contribute to the overall problems listed above and create a fertile place for a future slum. It is incumbent upon who ever wins the current election to make control of development a first priority.
Rufus O'Callahan November 06, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I'm voting for the Democrats. The Republican-led Township Committee has sold us out to The Walters Group, and allowed residential development to get out of control. Meanwhile, whenever someone expresses interest in operating a business, they get chased out of town. I think of that one example, Dee'z Dogs, where they gave the owner such a hard time that she was eventually forced to relocate. We also were in line to potentially get a Shop Rite and the state's first Sonic Drive-In, but we lost out to Waretown. Cirulli & Melchiondo have not done enough to attract businesses to our town to help alleviate our local tax burden, and for that, they must go.
Capt Jacobsen Mey November 06, 2012 at 07:59 PM
So where are the current results? I see nothing as far as vote count results, what is the point of the article, other than saying who's running and how many lines (or no lines) there are at the polling locations? Vote out the incompetency, vote in the Dems who will hopefully take Barnegat back for the people - and actually give a damn about this town.
Drivingtoofar November 06, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Really...not helping seniors....The over-development started when they started building "west Barnegat". Did you ever have children? They went to school right? Someone else paid for your kids...The ball field was build for "the" Miragers, the parents in town had been asking for years...Incumbents must go!
Xavier November 07, 2012 at 12:55 AM
40 minutes to cast our vote in district 2. Lines out the door. Districts 3, 7, and 13 had virtually no wait time. What's up with our town?
Colleen Platt November 07, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Hi Capt. Mey, We are waiting on the results...apparently there were some issues related to Sandy that postponed the results getting to the county...we'll get them up as soon as possible. - Colleen
TaxMeNot November 07, 2012 at 06:19 AM
Indeed. Walters owns this town. How else could prime business real estate become a future slum?
Roadway Maintenence Warrior November 07, 2012 at 06:36 AM
Barnegat residents finally decided we are taxed enough.Congratulations to the newcomers you have your work cut out for you. I was never impressed with Mr. Morano but was impressed with his call to barnegat residents conveying information on this devastating storm . Thank you Mayor Morano
Roadway Maintenence Warrior November 07, 2012 at 07:11 AM
now maybe they can start by having administrator to use township vehicle on town time and not for back and forth to Ocean City. I pay for gas,tolls and my own car to go to work so can he if he is not let go when contract is up. Cant wait to see new township attorney. engineer and all the other professionals that charge high bills for services.
Xavier November 07, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I'm hoping this will bring a fresh light to Barnegat. Last election C & M only won by 11 votes if I recall. It looks like this time around people finally mobilized themselves or just did their homework. Hopefully, it's not too late to do something about that artificial turf field quagmire we have.
Mike Howard November 07, 2012 at 12:35 PM
My hope is that now the whole town can come together and work for Barnegat, not just the individual. We have a great town that needs to have costs brought under control so that young and old can afford to live here.Now lets get together and work together.
Capt Jacobsen Mey November 07, 2012 at 02:18 PM
1st - Colleen, thx for the update and response yesterday! :) WHOOHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats Taylor and Conway!!!! A must needed change has occurred (voters proved that for sure) and Barnegat can hopefully be salvaged from the destructive course it was on... We need people like you folks who are for the best interests of the Town and it's Tax Payers, open minded and hopefully transparent. Will there be more open public forums or meetings for the townsfolk? Will there be transparency as far as the townsfolk actually being able to see finances as far as exactly how our money is being utilized towards what project, fund, school accounts, govt accounting, etc? Some districts across the US actually include such records in their agenda and for public viewing (and/or even public .PDF board minutes). Will the Town's website now be updated more efficiently when it comes to townsfolk needing to know important info? Please secure and preserve all current records that C & M had any dealing with while they were in office. I'm sure they will attemp a house cleaning by "tying up loose ends". Best of luck Conway and Taylor!!! :)
Sal Sorce November 07, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Unfortunately, the answer is to move out of Ocean County where the GOP (my party since 1969) is not recognizable ... as often said by many Democrats and Republicans, I did leave MY party, My party left me ... the continued cronyism and virtually endless double- triple dipping Republicans will continue to run the many townships within Ocean County. You can see from the candidates the machine is well oiled and will continue to control development enjoy the $$$ PAC contributions from law firms, developers and engineering groups ... just ask yourself? Can you trust your local politicos how has their PERFORMANCE been ... rate them create a report card, attend you council and committee meetings, planning board and zoningn board sessions YOU must be actively involved and not sit still while this all continues ... The Performance of Barack Hussein Obama in so many areas demonstrates to all how corrupt the country is with the FREE STUFF talk about buying an election ...
jack November 07, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Bye Bye Breeden take ur corrective shoes and use ur own car if u even have one to go back to Camden to ur body shop
TaxMeNot November 07, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Hopefully our new council members won't try to claim their offices as full time jobs and scam health insurance at taxpayer expense (yes, I'm looking at you Jeff).
Mac November 07, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Congratulations to the victors and thanks to the former incumbents for your past services. Political agendas aside, serving on the township council is no piece of cake and involves a lot of personal time and effort (not fulltime though.) As for Mr. Breeden, I'll take a wait and see stand. His job is to look out for the interests of his bosses, the township council, and he does that very well. He is certainly capable of doing the same for this new leadership. However, that is now up to them to decide. And I hope it works out. Mr. Breeden has a 5-year, million dollar contract. That's a year's worth of Open Space Fund spending alone. I wish the new leadership much success and hope one of the first actions they take is to forgo the benefits that don’t go with a part-time public service position.
oatmeal November 08, 2012 at 01:43 AM
WOW....Really??? Barnegat does not take care of Seniors???? My bride and I have lived here for 25 years, and it seems to us the Senior voting block gets what it wants without any fan fare. I did not see Settlers Landing get a full re-evaluation as some of our senior communities did. Some of the streets in Settlers have not been re done in 20 years, while the senior developments get all the attention. WHY? Because our council knows who votes them in. I can not stand outside of WAWA or the Bagel shop all day long and complain, I have to work to support your purchase of lottery tickets and your poor driving skills!!! LOL
Elaine Taylor November 08, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Mac and TaxMeNot, just wanted to let you know that I will not be taking benefits. Not to speak on Susan's behalf, but I don't believe she is taking benefits either.
John B Taxpayer November 08, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Glad we swept the political conies out of office, Loved that the current soon to be former Mayor came by the folks on Vivas DR after being out of power for 5 days to ask how they were doing! The answer was not very good.... thankfully, YOUR FIRED!
John B Taxpayer November 08, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Elaine you stopped by my house and I told you, you'll win! You got my vote! Good Luck cleaning out the trash in town!
Ray November 08, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Why they lost: Breedens 5 year contract which gave him a 6% raise, take home car, clothing allowance and sell back of unused vacation and sick time,. Use of open space funds for lower shore rd. 225K for Police Chief. 500k for Birdsall Engineering. Dasti Law firms 300K. The new majority has to get rid of Dasti, Birdsall and see if they can get Breeden to leave, although he has a 5 year contract. Morano will be Mayor and he has to see that this gets done.
Mac November 08, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Welcome to the Township Committee.
Howard Effron November 08, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Congrats Elaine and Susan on your victory. Can't wait to see those televised meetings. Concerning the benefits issue, you know, I know and everyone that reads this know that if you are not working 40 hours a week on the committee and you take benefits, you are breaking the law. That is just the way it is. So you might not speak on behalf of other people on the committee but the taxpayers need someone up there to speak on thier behalf. Someone has to step up and stop this, this is why you got overwhelmingly elected. Don't be afraid of anyone up there, just do the right thing, you will have all of Barnegat behind you. Again congrats and good luck. Just my opinion.
BARNEGAT GUY November 09, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Now that we won the Election from them,can we please,please start getting some business in this town.A shop-rite,new place's to eat etc,etc.so we can stop building all these house's and development.So we can spend our money in our own town,and how about getting a Y.M.C.A to build that building they was talking about years ago,they wanted us to give the the land and they would build it.

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