Red Bank Council Candidates to Square Off

Candidates night is scheduled for 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday

Candidates for Red Bank's upcoming council election will have the opportunity to meet the public and discuss the issues facing the borough - as well as their proposed solutions - at the Westside Community Group's annual Red Bank Candidates Night.

The event is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at River Street Commons.

The public is welcome to attend and pose questions to the candidates. Running for re-election are Democratic incumbents Mike DuPont and Council President Art Murphy. Sue Viscomi, a Republican and member of the Red Bank Board of Education, is the sole challenger.

The format of the event includes a candidate panel where each candidate will provide an opening statement of no more than three minutes. The opening statement portion of the night is followed by a Question and Answer session where audience members are encouraged to participate. Finally, the candidates night ends with a three-minute closing statement by each candidate.

The event is being held on the first floor Community Room of the senior apartment complex.

The Westside Community Group has hosted 15 Candidates Nights. Last year's event, which featured incumbent Democrats and eventual election winners Ed Zipprich and Juanita Lewis facing off against Republican challengers Joe Mizzi and former Councilwoman Mary Grace Cangemi, saw the participants discuss issues like the economy and the need for a return to fiscal responsibility.

Cindy Burnham October 17, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Red Bank voters face an opportunity to inject some bipartisan balance into borough business. The "Good ol Boys" network, is just not working for Red Bank Residents. They are great at schmoozing and doing favors for their friends and neighbors, but if they do favors for friends and neighbors, you have to ask yourself, who else do they do favors for, especially when these candidates are connected developers and lawyers who are connected to former mayor Ed Mckenna (He is the one that gave 51 Monmouth St, (the old police station &,oldest building in RB & Shrewsbury away to HIS non profit for $1. This building was then conveyed to the YMCA & the Y sold the building for 1.2. RB got nothing & infact still has to put in $125 thousand). Viscomi, outshines her opponents on a number of fronts and I believe she will work to make the local government more open and inclusionary. I also think that she will provide more vocal & responsive representation for all borough residents and not mearely a handful of vested interests. This current RB Council is all one party and has been for the last 25 years except for Beck, Curley, Cangemi and Erenst. By electing Viscomi, we can at least have some kind of checks & balance over this constant spending, borrowing and NON-TRANSPARENT council and open the door to some fresh ideas.
george coffenberg October 17, 2012 at 11:47 PM
In August of 2006 Ed McKenna as Mayor pushed to have the town acquire land known as the Cedar Crossings using free state taxpayer money. His term ended on 12/31/06. In the Spring of 2007 he created the Red Bank Affordable Housing Corporation to become the developer for the project. The ruling party originally led the public to believe that the Red Bank Housing Authority would develop the site. It is this kind of deception that would be kept in check if more that one party had representation in the town. William Katchen who is the accountant for Red Bank Affordable Housing was suspended by the federal government involving improper handling of public housing funds. Here is an article about his dealings in north jersey and then you have to wonder why are north jersey people involved in the Red Bank Affordable Housing Corporation. http://www.07020.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5968


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