By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI
Asbury Park voters returned the three incumbents to their seats on City Council in this week’s election.
The three women, Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn and Councilwomen Yvonne Clayton and Eileen Chapman (pictured above) easily won, defeating the Citizens for Asbury team of Daniel Harris, Kenneth Saunders and Stephen Williams.
Quinn received 2,142 votes, Clayton 2122 and Chapman 2046.
Harris received 1296 votes, Saunders, 1323 and Williams 1201.
Quinn said the day after the election, “A big thank you to everyone in Asbury Park who supported us. We are really humbled by the support we got and are looking forward to working together to make the city even better than it is now.”
Clayton said on Wednesday, “I’m really very excited. And so grateful to everyone who worked so hard for us. I’m especially grateful to my running mates. That I won with these women makes me so proud and we are looking forward to making Asbury Park the best place it can be.”
Chapman said she was proud to be able to move the city along with the help of Quinn, Clayton, councilman Jesse Kendle and Mayor John Moor.
“I want to continue to move the city in the right direction,” she said.
Chapman also said the campaign gave her the opportunity to meet many residents who expressed their ideas and desires to her.
“We heard such important feedback and I’m happy to be able to work to make our city the best it can be,” she said.
Daniel Harris said he believes the city mirrored what happened nationwide with the presidential election.
“As the country stays divided, so is the divide in the city of Asbury Park,” he said.
Speaking about the development of the beachfront and downtown, Harris said, “If the suffering on the westside continues to be ignored and the southwest quad has no true representation, nothing will change.”
Williams congratulated members of the Asbury Together team.
“They ran a good race. I’m hoping we shed some light on issues in the city and progress can be made for homeowners and renters alike,” he said. “They ran an honorable and clean race, there was no mudslinging.”
Williams said he will continued to be involved in the community.
“I’m part of the fabric,” he said.