Five candidates have emerged to fill the vacancy in the State Assembly in the 30th Legislative District created by Dave Rible’s resignation to become the Director of the Alcohol Beverage Commission.
Rible, 49 of Wall Township, was the Assembly Republican Conference Leader until his July 17th resignation. The GOP County Committees from the 30th Legislative District will select a candidate to fill vacancy and take Rible’s place on the general election ballot at a convention that is tentatively scheduled for August 9 at the IBEW #400 Union Hall in Wall. The 30th District is comprised of Avon-by-the-Sea, Belmar, Bradley Beach,Brielle, Farmingdale, Howell, Lake Como, Manasquan, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights, and Wall in Monmouth County as well as Lakewood and Point Pleasant in Ocean County.
Ralph Addonizio of Wall, James Bean of Belmar, Justin Flancbaum of Lakewood, Gary Rich of Spring Lake and Ned Thomson of Wall are expected to compete for the Assembly seat and the nomination at the convention.
Addonizio is a member of the Wall Board of Education, a member of the Township’s Zoning Board of Adjustment and Mobile Home Rent Stabilization and Control Committee. He’s a former Captain of the Township’s First Aid Squad and a member of the New Jersey First Aid Council where he was a district Chairman for three years. Professionally, Addonizio is the Director of Volunteer Services for a local hospice care company and the owner of a landscape and construction company.
Bean is a former Belmar Councilman and the 2014 nominee for Mayor. He is a U.S. Marine Veteran who served from 1990-1994. Bean holds a Bachelors degree from York College of PA in Information Systems. Since 2002 he has been a MIS Manager of The Stavola Companies in Tinton Falls.
Flancbaum, a 36 year old father of six, was born and raised in Lakewood. He is the Executive Director of the Lakewood Municipal Utilities Authority, the GOP Municipal Chairman of Lakewood, the Vice President of the Ocean County Municipal Utilities Association and the Second Vice President of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce.
Rich is a two term Monmouth County Freeholder. He declined to run for reelection this year citing professional and family commitments. Prior to becoming a freeholder, Rich served on the borough councils in South Belmar (now Lake Como) and Spring Lake. He started his career as a school teacher. He taught at St. Rose Elementary School in Belmar, Freehold Borough Middle School and Marlboro Middle School. In 1979 Rich left teaching and began working for several major corporations in the computer business. He now works as an Account Executive for a Fortune 500 company.
Thomson is a Wall Township Mayor, having served on the Township Committee from 1998-2008. He currently serves on the Township’s Planning Board where he also served from 1997 through 2007. He was a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment from 1990 through 1997. The President of E.H. Thomson and Company, a Sea Girt based consulting actuary firm, Thomson has served as a Trustee of the New Jersey Public Employees Retirement System for the past 22 years under appointment by 6 and served under 10, NJ Governors.
The winner of the convention will join Senator Robert Singer (Lakewood) and Assemblyman Sean Kean (Wall) in representing the 30th district in Trenton throughout the rest of 2017. The team in heavily favored to win in November as the 30th is a predominantly Republican district.