Fair Haven Councilman Bob Marchese announced today that he is seeking the Republican nomination for State Assembly in the 13th Legislative District. In a press release, Marchese said he is seeking the seat currently held by Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon. O’Scanlon is running for the State Senate seat being vacated by the retirement of Senator Joe Kyrillos.
Marchese is the first candidate to announce for Assembly in the district which encompasses northern Monmouth County including the Two Rivers area (sans Red Bank which is in the 11th), Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach along the Atlantic Coast, the Bayshore, Middletown, Holmdel, Aberdeen and Marlboro.
Assemblywoman Amy Handlin has also announced that she is seeking the nomination to fill Kyrillos’s seat in the Senate, with the caveat that she wants to run for reelection to the Assembly should she fail to get the Senate nomination. O’Scanlon is all in for the Senate, saying he will not seek reelection to the Assembly.
Marchese is a graduate of Fordham University and Brooklyn Law School. He has maintained his own law practice since 1994 with an office in Red Bank since 1998. He served as a founding member of the Rumson-Fair Haven Municipal Alliance. He is also a founding member of the Italian American Cultural Society of Monmouth County and sits on the Board of Directors of the SFK Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation.
“It is time to bring some small town, get-it-done know how to Trenton,” Marchese, who is a third term Councilman, said. “As a Councilman, I voted to privatize sanitation, fought budget increases and have helped Fair Haven maintain its double A+ bond rating from S&P, making it one of the top ten real estate markets in the State, according to NJ.com,” Marchese, who faced Democratic opposition in all three of his elections, continued.
Monmouth County Republican Chairman Shaun Golden has yet to announce a date for a nominating convention or whether the rules will allow a candidate to seek the nominations for two offices.
Freeholder Serena DiMaso is expected to announce her candidacy for Assembly before the end of January.
Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, the Director of the New Jersey Business Action Center- Office of Planning Advocacy, has informed the Christie Administration that he will not be a candidate for either Senate or Assembly, according to multiple sources. Scharfenberger had been floating his name for both offices.
Disclosure: Art Gallagher, publisher of MoreMonmouthMusings, is an adviser to Declan O’Scanlon