MMM has learned that Atlantic Highlands Councilman Tom Hayden, a Democrat first elected last November, has sold his Garfield Ave home with the closing expected before the end of June. Hayden is said to be moving to the Leonardo section of Middletown where he bought a home from family member in a sweetheart deal and shrewd estate planning.
If Hayden resigns anytime before September 13, three of the six seats on the Borough Council—all currently held by Democrats—will be up for grabs on November 6.
This matters now to Atlantic Highlands Republicans, because the County Committee members elected in the contested primary on Tuesday, June 5 will choose the Republican candidate for Hayden’s seat.
The Column 1 County Committee candidates endorsed by Sheriff Shaun Golden, the Monmouth GOP Chairman, and former Mayor Fred Rast have are planning to nominate the third place finisher in Tuesday’s contest for two council nominations if they win control of the local party.
If the Column 3 County Committee Regular Republican slate, endorsed by local GOP Chair Jane Frotton, takes control of the local party, former councilman Peter Doyle and frequent council candidate Sue Tisdwell, both running on the slate, are expected to be in the mix for the nomination for Hayden’s seat.