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A Political Year Ahead in Brick

Mayoral race, expiring council seats on tap for 2013

The new year will bring its share of challenges as Brick continues to recover from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.

But Brick residents will also be tasked with an additional important decision: the political leadership of the township.

First on the list will be the mayoral race.

Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis' term ends after 2013, meaning the mayoral election will be held this November.

Acropolis, through his term as mayor, has maintained an election fund account, as is common with most elected officials.

He – as well as anyone who wishes to challenge his potential candidacy – has until early April to delcare his intention to run in a partisan primary election. Independent candidates have until early June to file their nominating petitions to run for office.

There will also be three seats on the township council up for grabs this year. All of those seats are now occupied by Republicans.

Even if the GOP maintains their hold on those three seats, the council will remain the hands of the Democrats until 2015, however, since four Democrats were elected together in the 2011 election cycle.

The terms of council members Domenick Brando, Joseph Sangiovanni and Dan Toth all expire in 2013.

Council candidates follow the same dates as mayoral candidates for campaign filings.

In county politics, the terms of Republican Freeholders James F. Lacey, of Brick, and John P. Kelly, of Eagleswood, are up this year. Due to the death of Sheriff William Polhemus, there will be another sheriff's election this year, though an interim sheriff will be appointed by Gov. Chris Christie until then.

BrickGuy January 03, 2013 at 01:30 AM
The 'AARP' club may not be 50% of the pop., but they show up at the polls and defeat every school budget...they vote, hence they are strong as a block in this town. Hmmm, maybe there is something to be learned here?
Mike M January 03, 2013 at 02:42 AM
@BrickGuy: There is something that we can learn from the so-called 'AARP' club. They tend to take the time to communicate with each other on a regular basis, which allows them to effectively work together to influence voting results as well as actions taken by town hall. Maybe if other groups of people could learn how to effectively communicate and work with others who share the same values and goals we can also gain some input in how things get done around here.
JD January 03, 2013 at 03:41 AM
Approx. 20,000 people voted in the Nov. 2012 election in Brick... I bet 50% of them were over 65.. Seniors get out to vote...
Sal Petoia January 03, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Knarfie: Pretty hard for an independent to win in a partisan election. Among other factors, the money simply is not there to compete with party backed candidates. Of course, if there was wide support for an independent and real change, perhaps a write-in campaign could be successful. That would certainly send a message to the "politics as usual" crowd!
Mike M January 03, 2013 at 09:53 PM
@Sal: I agree with you that it would be difficult for an independent candidate to win a race for Mayor in Brick at this point but the process of establishing a strong alternative choice has to start somewhere and the write-in method seems to be the easiest and least expensive way to do it.

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