The Republicans of Manalapan gathered at the Yorktowne Club Tuesday night to await the election results for Manalapan Township Committee and for the Freehold Regional High School District Board of Education representative.
Ryan Green, the Republican incumbent for Township Committee, and Jennifer Sutera, the FRHSD Board incumbent, and also a Republican, anxiously awaited the district numbers as they were calculated throughout the evening.
George Hartigan of Hartigan’s Grille catered the event with food and refreshments from his Englishtown restaurant.
Those in attendance included Planning Board Chairman John McNaboe, Planning Board members Glen Mendez and Kathryn Kwaak, Deputy Mayor Don Holland and his wife Wanda, Committeeman Jordan Maskowitz, and Fire Chief Richard Hogan. Manalapan Mayor Susan Cohen was unable to attend. Green’s wife Judy and his parents and brothers and sisters were also present.
In the end, the unofficial results revealed Green’s victory over Democratic challenger Seth Ptasiewicz by an 18.56 percent margin and Sutera secured the three-year term as the Manalapan representative to the FRHSD with a 30.56 percent margin over challenger Gloria Close.
Green expressed his gratitude to everyone in the room last night who supported his campaign, including his colleagues on the Township Committee, his campaign volunteers, and his wife and family.
Most notably, Green offered a sincere thanks to the voters of Manalapan. “I love being on the Township Committee and I really appreciate that the voters are willing to give me another three years,” Green said.
Patch reached out to Ptasiewicz for comment, who offered his congratulations to Ryan on his re-election and a well fought campaign.
“I wish both Ryan and the other members of the Township Committee the best of luck in the coming year,” Ptasiewicz said. “Again, like last year I offer my services to the Township in whatever volunteer role they offer to me.”
Additionally, Ptasiewicz thanked the members of the community who came out to support him during the campaign. “I hope that whoever runs next year, and it will not be me, for the Township Committee will likewise be able to share in the warmth and friendliness that I experienced this year.”