Local Primary Candidates Announced

April 6, 2018
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By Jay Cook |

Registered Republican voters in Atlantic Highlands will have a choice to make for the best candidates in the June 5 primary race for municipal office.

But in other Two River towns, Democratic and Republican party candidates are running mostly unopposed. In some cases, no Democrats at all have stepped forward to run in the primaries.

The winners of the local primary elections will run under their party’s banner in the Tuesday, Nov. 6 general election, a midterm election which is generating national interest because all 435 seats in the Unites States House of Representatives and 34 seats of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be up for a vote.

In the April 2 filings, it was revealed there will be a changing of the guard in Shrewsbury Borough. Longtime Republican councilman and mayor Donald Burden, whose mayoral term concludes at the end of this year, will not be seeking re-election. Burden, a Shrewsbury resident for 42 years, has been on the borough council since his first oath of office in 2003.

It is one of the many ways Burden has contributed to his small town of approximately 4,100 people. Burden has been a steward of Shrewsbury’s rich Colonial American history and has led the Shrewsbury Historical Society since 2004. He has also served as a member of the Shrewsbury Schools Board of Education, the borough’s Shade Tree Commission and has been a library commissioner with the Monmouth County Library Commission since 2013.

The primary election filings show that borough councilman Erik Anderson will be seeking the mayor’s seat as a GOP candidate, while the Shrewsbury Democrats will put David Dragonetti up for the position.

Of the 11 Two River-area towns with primary elections in June, Atlantic Highlands will host the only contested race. While the two options for Democratic candidates have been chosen, the borough Republicans are fielding four candidates for the mid-summer race. The small, bayside community tucked up against the Sandy Hook Bay recently had its borough council turn into a Democratic majority after Thomas Hayden and John Crowley won elections in November.

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For the third consecutive mayoral election, Red Bank Mayor Pasquale “Pat” Menna will not only not face a primary challenge, but he’ll also have a clear path to another term unless an independent candidate arises in the coming months. Menna was last challenged in 2006 when he ran for mayor against John P. Curley, currently a Monmouth County Freeholder. The local Republicans haven’t put a challenger to Menna since then.

Historically, Monmouth County has primarily been a Republican-leaning county, and that shows in the Two River area. Three of the 11 municipalities will not feature any Democratic candidates filing to compete in their municipal primaries – those include Colts Neck, Oceanport and Rumson. There are no Democrats on the governing bodies in Colts Neck or Rumson. The only Democrat on Oceanport’s governing body is Mayor Jay Coffey.

Middletown Township boasts the only race where none of the primary candidates selected have actually been elected to office. Anthony Perry filled a vacancy left by Stephen Massell in November and Rick Hibell was sworn in earlier this year after Gerry Scharfenberger resigned from the township committee after being elected to fill a vacancy on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Middletown GOP candidates aren’t typical incumbents and will face challenges in November from Tricia Maguire, who unsuccessfully ran for township committee last year, and Danielle Walsh, currently on Middletown’s Board of Education.

Candidates listed in boldface are incumbents. Every petition filed for the June primary was verified by the respective municipal clerk’s office in each municipality.

 

BOROUGH OF ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS

Borough Council

Roy Dellosso (D)
Charles Lero (D)

Vote For Two

Richard Colangelo (R)
Penelope Morris (R)
James Murphy (R)
Brian Boms (R)

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COLTS NECK TOWNSHIP

Township Committee
No nomination made (D)
No nomination made (D)
J.P. Bartolomeo (R)
Frank Rizzutto (R)

 

BOROUGH OF FAIR HAVEN

Mayor
No nomination made (D)
Benjamin J. Lucarelli (R)

Borough Council
Full Term Carolyn J. Williams (D)
Cameron Spector (D)
Elizabeth M. Koch (R)
James P. Banahan (R)

One Year Unexpired Term

Evan Hughes (D)
Jacqueline Rice (R)

BOROUGH OF HIGHLANDS

Highlands’ municipal government is nonpartisan. Petitions for elected office are not due until Sept. 4. Two borough council seats are up for election.

HOLMDEL TOWNSHIP

Township Committee
BarbaraSinger(D)
Thomas Critelli (R)

BOROUGH OF LITTLE SILVER

Borough Council
Laura Clark (D)
Stephanie Keenan (D)
Arthur “A.J.” McNally (R)
Christian Smith (R)

MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP

Township Committee
Full Term
Tricia Maguire (D)
Anthony Perry (R)
One Year Unexpired Term
Danielle Walsh (D)
Rick Hibell (R)


BOROUGH OF MONMOUTH BEACH

Monmouth Beach’s form of government, a Board of Commissioners, elects to four-year terms. The borough’s last election was held in May 2017.

BOROUGH OF OCEANPORT

Borough Council
No nomination made (D)
No nomination made (D)
William Deerin (R)
Michael O’Brien (R)

RED BANK BOROUGH

Mayor

Pasquale “Pat” Menna (D)
No nomination made (R)

Borough Council
Hazim Yassin (D)
Kate Triggiano (D)
Michael Clancy (R)
Allison Gregor y (R)

BOROUGH OF RUMSON

Borough Council
No nomination made (D)
No nomination made (D)
Mark Rubin (R)
John Conklin (R)

SEA BRIGHT BOROUGH

Borough Council
Marc Leckstein (D)
No nomination made (D)
William J. Keeler (R) 
No nomination made (R)

SHREWSBURY BOROUGH

Mayor
David Dragonetti (D)
Erik Anderson (R)

Borough Council
Amanda Ngo (D)
Carol Loeffler (D)
Donald Eddy (R)
Jeffrey DeSalvo (R)

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