Recount confirms Hinds, Liu as winners in Holmdel Republican primary election

HOLMDEL – A recount of the June 4 Republican primary election results requested by Michael Nikolis has confirmed the outcome: Nikolis will not be on the general election ballot in Holmdel in November.

Two three-year terms on the Township Committee will be on the November ballot.

The current terms held by Eric Hinds, who is serving as mayor in 2019, and Nikolis, who is serving as deputy mayor in 2019, will end on Dec. 31.

In the Republican primary, a field of five candidates sought two nominations. The candidates were Hinds, Nikolis, Chiun-Yin Liu, Kimberly LaMountain and Nicholas Teetelli.

When the votes were counted after the primary, the two candidates who received the most votes and were the apparent Republican nominees were Hinds, with 876 votes, and Liu, with 666 votes.

According to the results, Nikolis received 657 votes, LaMountain recorded 312 votes and Teetelli collected 61 votes.

Trailing Liu by nine votes, Nikolis requested a recount, which was held on July 11 at the Monmouth County Board of Elections.

According to Nikolis, the recount confirmed Hinds and Liu were the winners in the primary and will be the Republican Township Committee candidates in November.

In a statement posted on his Deputy Mayor Facebook page following the recount, Nikolis said, “My team and I were (at the recount) to observe the hand recount of provisional ballots, not to take photos or talk … With several over-votes, (people who voted for three candidates – they don’t count), a few that were ineligible and some were voided.

“In the end the count stayed the same. The staff at the Board of Elections was very professional and articulated clearly what they were doing. Currently, my supporters and I are investigating additional options,” he said.

Nikolis could not be reached for comment.

Two independent candidates, Cathy Weber and Prakash Santhana, have filed nominating petitions to run for the committee seats and will appear on the November ballot. An independent candidate had until June 4 to file a nominating petition.

No Democrat filed a nominating petition to run for Township Committee. In the Democratic primary on June 4, there were 29 write-in votes cast. No one at the county level could be reached to determine if a write-in candidate received enough votes to have his name placed on the November ballot in the municipal election.