Home Seaside Heights & Seaside Park Government New Seaside Heights Mayor Elected to Full Term; Council, BOE Members Elected

New Seaside Heights Mayor Elected to Full Term; Council, BOE Members Elected

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Seaside Heights Mayor Anthony Vaz (Supplied Photo)
Seaside Heights Mayor Anthony Vaz (Supplied Photo)

Seaside Heights acting mayor Anthony Vaz was elected to a full term leading his municipality Tuesday night, winning a four-year mayoral term.

Vaz, then council president, assumed the mayor’s chair in July after the resignation of former Mayor Bill Akers. He has been serving in that role ever since. Vaz was replaced on the council by Michael Carbone.

Vaz, who was running unopposed, won a four-year term as mayor, and Carbone won a two-year stint on council to fill Vaz’s unexpired term. Vaz received 204 votes and Carbone received 163 votes.

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Incumbent council members Victoria “Penny” Graichen and Harry Smith, who were also running unopposed, received 181 votes and 168 votes, respectively, and were re-elected to the council for three year terms.

Vaz, Carbone and Graichen are all Republicans. No Democrats filed to run this year.

Three candidates running unopposed for the Seaside Heights Board of Education also were elected to terms of varying lengths. Peter James Smith was elected to a full, three-year term on the board, while Andrew Leahy won an unexpired two year term and Raymond Powanda-Carvalho won an unexpired one year term. Smith received 143 votes, Leahy received 140 votes and Powanda-Carvalho received 133 votes.

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  • disqus_N3292TPQCr

    Nothing changes, same garbage running the town.

    • Peter James Smith

      If you think the people who work very hard and have thankless jobs are garbage, then why don’t you get involved? Are you ready for the long hours, lack of pay, immense responsibility, finding a balance that suits everybody, public criticism and all the others things that go with it? At least these people are willing to put themselves out there. My name is mentioned in that article. This is my fifth term in office. If you’d like to come and tell me I’m garbage, you are invited to come and see me to tell me versus an anonymous post.

      • disqus_N3292TPQCr

        Just tell me when and where.

        • Peter James Smith

          No issue. Come to the Seaside Heights School Board meeting, and afterwards you can tell all three of us you criticized without facts how you feel.

          • disqus_N3292TPQCr

            The facts are Seaside has been a shit hole for the last 30 years. The same good old boys network is the reason, I was on a party bus to a NY Giants game several years ago with some of these good old boys, including your new council member, and the drugs were flowing. One run down elementary school does not need a board of education, it needs an overhaul.

          • Peter James Smith

            Well I’ll let our new Councilman know the slanderous things you said in a public forum. Like I said, you are low on facts because you’ve clearly never have seen Hugh J. Boyd Elementary. The school is in mint condition top to bottom, and every community has a Board of Education to run the district. You are clearly a very negative person, and that is only hurting you. Continuing to be like this is going to put a toll of your health, believe me.

          • disqus_N3292TPQCr

            One run down schools equals a school district, what a joke. Only in NJ, the most corrupt state in the country.