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Byrnes And Askew Coast To Easy Wins In Township Council Races

Both win one-year unexpired terms on the governing body

Township Council President James J. Byrnes and Councilman Kevin M. Askew coasted to easy wins in the race for the Ward 1 and Ward 2 seats.

Byrnes received 2,040 votes, or 60.48 percent for the Ward 1 seat. Lynn Hansen, his Democratic challenger, received 39.49 percent, according to figures provided by the Ocean County Clerk's Office.

Byrnes - the former longtime president of the Berkeley Board of Education - was appointed to the Township Council Ward 1 seat in January, to replace Karen Davis, who resigned because of health reasons.

Askew was also appointed to the Ward 2 seat in January, to replace Carmen F. Amato Jr., who was elected mayor in November 2011.

Askew received 2,440 votes, or 57 percent, compared to his Democratic challenger Brooke Hollister, who received 1,840 votes, or 42.9 percent.

Control of the seven-member Township Council remains solidly in Republican control.

Capt Jim November 07, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Congratulations to Mr Byrnes. Keep up the good work.
Terry November 07, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Jim Byrnes is an amazing man. I am so proud to know him.
Edward Cammarato November 07, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Congrats to Councilman Askew!! A hard worker and a real fighter for the folks of Ward 2 and Berkeley as a whole. Way to go Kevin!
angel November 07, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Time out. Let's see how well they fair after being elected and handling the continued crisis on the island in South Seaside Park. We cannot access our homes as they sit and rot in the water, creating more damage that will not, I repeat, will not be covered by insurance. The adjustors nor homewoners can get there. Perhaps we should see how they get us back on the island before we annoint anyone to "Savior" status. We are watching closely elected officials. Very closely
Gdp November 07, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Congrat's to both, but a special to Kevin.... Good Luck Greg
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