HAMMONTON - There will be no change in Hammonton Town Council for 2017.
The voters of Hammonton picked three incumbents out of a crowded slate of candidates that included three choices from three different parties. Republicans will remain in control of council by a 4-3 margin over Hammonton First.
According to the unofficial results, Hammonton First’s Sam Rodio received the most votes at 2,221 while Republican incumbents Steven Furgione and Michel Torrissi, Jr., garnered 2,122 and 2,118 respectively. The results were expected to be officially certified by the Atlantic County Board of Elections after publication.
“I’m very appreciative from the residence who give me confidence for a third term,” Furgione said. “I got to tell you, nine people for three seats, makes it quite a battle. Mike and I pulled through and we were really hopeful (Franco Catania) would be able to pull through as well, but he had an excellent run for his first time.”
“I want to thank everybody and the residents that voted from the town of Hammonton,” Rodio said. “I appreciate everything they have done for me and what I hope to do for them in the future. When you are an incumbent, it doesn’t get easier, it gets harder. This election, the three incumbents won, and I guess it’s the thought that we are doing the right thing. That’s what we want to keep doing in the future. We want to do the right thing for the residents and the town.”
Hammonton Republicans retain their voting edge, which they held for the first time since 2005 after last year’s election. Members of both the Republican and Hammonton First parties said they’re committed to working together.
“At the end of the day I think we work well together,” Furgione said. “We have ideas and Hammonton First has ideas. We find common ground and work together. It has been working and it will continue to work.”
“We will work together for the good of Hammonton,” said Hammonton Mayor Steve DiDonato, who is part of Hammonton First. “We worked together this year, worked very well and will continue to do so.”
No other candidate reached 2,000 votes with Hammonton First and first-time candidate Brooke Sacco finishing fourth with 1,949 votes. Catania, a Republican, was fifth with 1,890 votes and former councilman and Hammonton First candidate Dan Bachalis was sixth with 1,692 votes.
The entire Democratic ticket finished at the bottom with Rock Colasurdo, who was a past councilman as both a Hammonton First and Republican representative, receiving 1,692 votes. Anthony Falcone received 1,409 votes and Jerry Vitalo Jr. garnered 1,171 votes.