The Monmouth County Democratic Party has endorsed incumbent Councilwoman Tara Ryan-Killeen for reelection in the non-partisan municipal election in Highlands on November 3.
In a sponsored advertisement on facebook, Chairman Vin Gopal’s organization lists every nominated Democratic candidate in Monmouth County on the County, State and Municipal levels, plus Ryan-Killeen in the non-partisan election in Highlands. The Democrats did not endorse any candidates in the only other non-partisan election this November, in Tinton Falls, which is uncontested.
Incumbent Councilman Kevin Redmond, who ran with Ryan-Killeen as a Democrat when they ran in 2012, did not receive the endorsement of Gopal’s organization. Highlands changed to non-partisan municipal elections in 2014.
Redmond and Ryan-Killeen appear to be running together, as the share a facebook page, lawn signs and have issued a joint mailer. However, they have different slogans on the ballot.
Former Councilman Billy Caizza, who served three terms on the council as a Democrat, is seeking to return to the council dais. Caizza was also not included in Gopal’s advertisement.
The veteran Democrats are competing with political newcomers Carolyn Broullon and Claudette D’Arrigo for two three-year terms on Highlands Borough Council.
Ryan-Killeen, Redmond and Council President Rebecca Kane are listed as Democratic office holders on Gopal’s website. Kane is listed and the Municipal Chairwoman and Ryan-Killeen listed as the Democratic Club President on the Party site.