Monmouth County Republican Chairman Shaun Golden released a statement this morning announcing that his slate of municipal candidates this year included six Young Republican Leaders under the age of 35.
Candidates for local office filed to run with their respective Municipal Clerks all across Monmouth County on Monday. It is clear by the two parties’ selection of nominees, that Republicans in Monmouth County are the only ones offering voters a chance to elect a new generation of leaders with fresh, bold ideas for the future.
In Red Bank, Republicans have an opportunity to take control of the Council for the first time in 25 years, and put an end to the large tax increases, parking fee increases, and reckless borrowing that have plagued the town for decades. Red Bank Republicans have nominated Mark Taylor, age 32, and Mike Whelan, age 24. “In Red Bank, we have put forth candidates that reflect new ideas and will enact real, positive change, instead of the same old tired policies and excuses,” said local Republican Chairman Sean Di Somma, also a young Republican, age 33. “This November, voters will have a chance to turn tomorrow’s leaders into today’s leaders,” Di Somma added.
In Hazlet Township, where last year voters decided to take the town in a new direction with the election of Republican Sue Kiley, Republicans are looking to keep the town on the right track by nominating Thomas Mann, age 31, and William Shea, age 41, for the two open Township Committee seats. “We are looking forward to Tom and Bill’s leadership on the Township Committee. In our Party, we tap into the wisdom of our current leaders, but also tie in the younger demographic,” said local Republican Chairman Toby Stark, age 34. “Younger leaders often view problems and solutions with a different perspective. Sometimes a better perspective.”
In Freehold Borough, Democrats have held all seats on the governing body for many years. 21-year-old resident Jesus Vega looks to break that streak, as he has stepped forward to run for Mayor. Robert J. Gibbons, age 34, and Michael Gill, age 22, will be seeking the two open Borough Council seats. “Our residents need multi-generational representation. We need ideas from all segments of our community to bring much needed growth, opportunity, and prosperity to Freehold,” said local Republican Chairwoman Jane Fields. “Building community requires inclusiveness.”
“When I ran for County Party Chairman, I talked about the need to not only engage young voters, but to do a better job bringing up the next generation of leaders,” said County Party Chairman Shaun Golden. “I’m proud of all the young candidates who have stepped forward to serve their communities, many of them in places where new leadership and fresh ideas are desperately needed. They are in good company, as we have a lot of outstanding elected officials throughout the County who were elected at a young age, including Congressman Chris Smith, Senator Joe Kyrillos, Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, Tony Fiore and Stephanie Murray in Middletown, Charlie Cocuzza in Union Beach, among many others. The Republican Party is the only Party offering voters a clear, positive vision for the future in this November’s election.”