Vote Recount for Surf City Seat on Long Beach Island School Board Set for Nov. 28

Nov 22, 2017

A full recount of votes for the two candidates in the race to determine the Surf City representative to the Long Beach Island Board of Education is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 28.

At the end of election night, Nov. 7, John McMenamin was ahead by one vote over incumbent Allyn Kain – 190 to 189 – in the race to fill the Surf City seat on the board. However, the following Monday, when the Ocean County Board of Election met to certify the results, it reviewed all provisional ballots and concluded the race actually ended in a tie, at 192 votes per candidate.

As Ocean County Board of Election Secretary Commissioner Wyatt Earp stated in a recent letter to the LBI board and the Surf City candidates, due to the tie vote, “there will be an automatic recheck of the voting machines as well as a recount of mail-in and provisional ballots.”

The recheck of the voting machines will begin at 11 a.m. at the voting technology center at 110 Lehigh Ave. in Lakewood. Immediately following, a recount of the mail-in and provisional ballots will be conducted at the Board of Election main office, at 129 Hooper Ave. in Toms River.

County Clerk Scott Colabella said last week that if the recount also produces a tie, “the law says there has to be a special election just for that seat,” held within 60 days of the general election.

Kain remarked on Monday, “I am proud of the quality of education at the Long Beach Island School District and will continue to advocate for it as the district faces fiscal hurdles.

“I am confused by my opponent’s goal since his newspaper ad (in The SandPaper) indicated that it was funded by him for the Southern Regional school board (instead of the LBI School Board). My focus has always been on our local Long Beach Island district. I have dedicated my time and energy solely on LBI as I care about the early education of our students. In his ad he also alludes to the fact that I was formerly employed by the Southern Regional school district, which is true; however, I never negotiated for the board as a member of NJEA since that would be an ethics violation, and, in his case, he may also not negotiate due to his wife’s employment at Southern Regional.”

She added, “I’ve always been available to discuss various school issues with members of our community and will continue to do so if re-elected in a run-off election.”

The SandPaper was not able to reach McMenamin for comment. —J.K.-H.

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