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Monmouth Democrats Endorse Tara Ryan-Killeen In Highlands’ Non-Partisan Council Race

Highlands Councilwoman Tara Ryan. photo via facebook

Highlands Councilwoman Tara Ryan. photo via facebook

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.

Posted: October 15th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2015 Elections, Highlands, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

5 Comments on “Monmouth Democrats Endorse Tara Ryan-Killeen In Highlands’ Non-Partisan Council Race”

  1. Avon Joe said at 5:10 pm on October 15th, 2015:

    Avon is also nonpartisan

  2. Carol Bucco said at 11:35 pm on October 15th, 2015:

    I thought it was illegal for parties to support candidates in nonpartisan elections. What is the purpose of nonpartisan if parties can endorse candidates?

  3. Agree, Carol, said at 10:56 am on October 16th, 2015:

    but this proves the guise of changing forms of government to supposedly avoid “politics” is a joke: there is politics in everything, and eliminating labels doesn’t stop people from choosing sides- this is why you might as well file slates, say who you are, and pick one and be it, all the way through!!

  4. Oberlander said at 4:59 pm on October 18th, 2015:

    Keansburg has had Non Partisan government for years, but remember the Dems were backing Mayor Mike Minervini as all that. They even thought he was future gubernatorial material. So maybe they’re trying to groom Tara for future higher office.

  5. Point is, said at 7:45 pm on October 18th, 2015:

    whether “non- partisan” races help,or hurt, a town that goes that way: seems more honest for the parties to just find and lay out a slate, and openly to advertise and work to get their chosen candidates in..