Incumbent David Most retained his seat on the Lacey Township committee as he picked up 55.64 percent of the votes in Monday nights race.
“I feel relieved and I feel that the voters have spoken,” Most said. “I thank them for having confidence in me to manage our town.”
Most, whose term was up Dec. 31, 2011, was on the Republican ticket while Democratic Newcomer Gary Vaccaro also vied for the one open seat.
The general election had the potential to lead to a power shift since the committee has been maintained by a Republican majority for more than a decade.
“I appreciate Gary Vaccaro for stepping up to the plate and challenging me because it’s important to have people of confidence in government,” Most said. “I thank the voters for having faith and confidence in me to understand right from wrong.”
Most said he is proud of his accomplishments thus far and is looking forward to many more to come.
“These are very exciting times when government is held accountable. People want to see change and I promise you they will see that change,” he said.
Some of Most’s contributions to the township committee in his last two terms include reducing budget expenditures by nearly $200,000 in the last year, a change in healthcare carriers for municipal employees that may result in up to $600,000 in savings for the township and his efforts to replace Oyster Creek upon its closure in 2019, he said.
Most will continue to communicate with the Board of Public Utilities and Congressman Jon Runyan to ensure the construction of a new generation facility in Lacey Township, which would create electricity and jobs as well as bolster Lacey and the county, he said.
The energy tax receipt that Lacey receives for hosting Oyster Creek was cut by $1 million in the past few years. The township currently receives over $11 million in energy tax receipts, which makes up 40 percent of the budget’s revenue.
“With the help of Congressman Runyan, we’ll hopefully be successful,” Most said.
Most also wants to begin working with the school district’s new superintendent Dr. Sandra Brower on various township initiatives including new ordinances that address underage drinking and implementing retired police officers as part of a mentoring program, he said.
He plans to continue to pursue “out of the box ideas” as the township needs to do more with less, he said.
Mayor Gary Quinn explained that the committee has had to make very difficult decisions over the years.
“It’s hands down a great night for the Republicans and it’s a great win for the residents of Lacey Township,” Quinn said. “Dave has been at the forefront of all of it and I look forward to working with him over the next three years.”
Forked River resident Bill Moss was proud of the outcome in the municipal elections, he said.
“I’m glad we still have a republican controlled council and I’m looking forward to re-electing our constituents next year,” Moss said.
Vaccaro stopped by the Captain’s Inn, where Most was celebrating, after the results were released to congratulate his opponent.
“I’m disappointed in the results but I congratulate Dave and wish him the best of luck for the next three years,” he said. “The voters have spoken and I understand that. It was a great experience. I’m proud of my campaign and I have no regrets.”
A total of 5,984 out of 18,458 registered voters came out to the polls.
“It’s an off year election. It doesn’t get a lot of people coming out,” Township Administrator Veronica Laureigh said earlier this afternoon.
Here are the results according to the Office of the Ocean County Clerk:
Percent of Vote
The general election tallies as provided by Laureigh are attached as a PDF.
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