By Muriel J. Smith and Art Gallagher
Atlantic Highlands Councilman Jack Archibald has withdrawn his candidacy for reelection.
Archibald submitted a letter to the County Committee which was read at a meeting of the borough’s Republican county committee on Monday. In his letter, the councilman stressed he is completing his term which runs out Jan. 1, 2018, and will continue serving the borough. However, citing personal reasons and commitments, he said he will not seek another term.
The councilman has been on the governing body for the past 25 years, serving on every committee at some time during his tenure. He has received commendations for work he has done and projects he has instituted or pursued while serving on Harbor, Police, Finance, Public Works , Recreation and Water and Sewer.
“It is a sad day for Atlantic Highlands,” said Municipal GOP Chair Jane Frotton. “Jack has an outstanding reputation. He will be sorely missed. He is a gentleman, a scholar, and I join the thousands of other borough residents who owe him sincere thanks for all his service.”
The GOP committee unanimously nominated Sue Tidswell to replace Archibald on the November general election ballot. Tidswell, who came in third in a four way race for two council seats last year, will join Councilman Peter Doyle on the GOP ticket against Democrats Thomas F. Hayden, III and Jon Crowley.
Doyle said, ““It is an honor to have been Jack’s running mate these past four elections. His experience and knowledge surely will be missed. I wish Jack the best as he retires from public life. I look forward to running with Sue Tidswell this year. She is very intelligent with a business background. Sue will bring energy to Council and new ideas for Atlantic Highlands. “
“I know that I speak for many Atlantic Highlands Republicans who are disappointed that Jack has decided not run for re-election,” said Tidswell. “So it is bittersweet when I say I am excited to be running for council again; but I wish it were not for the place held by Jack. I would also like the amazing people in Atlantic Highlands to know I am committed to the town and having come so close last year am ready to work to get elected this year. I am not someone who gets put off by losing. It just makes me stronger and more determined to succeed in the work I believe needs to get done.”