Parties split in special elections

Republicans won a mayoral election in Lavallette on Tuesday, but lost a seat on the South Toms River Council in court-ordered special elections held after challenges to exceptionally close races last November. In Lavallette, GOP Councilman Walter LoCicero defeated Democrat Joseph Ardito, 567 to 506. Ardito had led in November and served as Mayor briefly this year before he agreed to leave office and stand in a new election. Democrat Carla Kearney, who had led Republican Councilwoman Karen Paden by one vote last fall, defeated the incumbent by a wide margin yesterday.

Sometime next month, voters in Morris Township will return to the polls to elect a Township Committeeman. Republican incumbent James Calvanelli Jr. will face Democrat Jeffrey Grayzel in a rematch of their 2006 race. Grayzel led by five votes.

Parties split in special elections