Deputy Mayor Gerkens Declines Recount Attempt

By Eric Englund | Nov 27, 2019

Harvey Cedars — Although she lost by only three votes in the November election, Harvey Cedars Deputy Mayor Judy Gerkens said she will not seek a recount.

“I feel very sad that I lost, but I think it’s best for me to move on,” said Gerkens, who has served on the borough commission since 1987.

According to the final official results released by the Ocean County Clerk’s Office, newcomer John Imperiale led all candidates with 161 votes, followed by Mayor Jonathan Oldham with 136. Newcomer Paul Rice received 120 votes, edging Gerkens, who had 117. Another newcomer, Kathleen Ries, received 98 votes. Commissioner Michael Garofalo had declined to seek a sixth term.

Gerkens said she will stay active with the Harvey Cedars Activities Committee, which she helped establish shortly after taking office.

“We’ve sponsored concerts and other family-fun activities throughout the summer, with most of the activities taking place at Sunset Park.”

Gerkens said she might occasionally stop by some commission meetings.

“I also think that Paul Rice will make a fine commissioner,” she said. E.E..

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