Establishment Candidates Sweep Lakewood Primary


Candidates already holding public office swept Lakewood’s primary Tuesday for the township’s governing committee, setting up a fall general election of four men seeking two available seats.

On the Democratic line, incumbent Mayor Ray Coles and Moshe Raitzik, a member of the local school board, beat political newcomer David Gruman, according to the Ocean County board of elections. Coles received 44 percent, or 1,192 votes, and Raitzik got 39 percent with his 1,051 votes. Gruman got 15 percent and there were 2 percent of voters who voter for write-in candidates.

On the GOP ticket, incumbent committeeman Michael D’Elia and attorney Michael Berman, a member of the school board, emerged victorious, beating political newcomers Aaron Hirsch, Avraham Sharaby and Yosef Travis.

D’Elia received 33 percent, or 3,594 votes, and Berman got 31 percent, or 3,366 votes. The rest was divided by the others.

Turnout was very low, ranging in the teens for most districts.

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