Borough Council Candidates Announced
Two seats in Manasquan, one in Belmar up for grabs in 2012
The field of Republican and Democratic candidates are set for this year's primary and general borough council elections in Manasquan and Belmar, as the deadline for filing petitions to enter the race expired 4 p.m. Monday.
In Manasquan, where two seats are up for grabs, both Republican and Democratic candidates will run unopposed in June's primary, meaning they're already set to square off in November's general election for a seat being vacated by Republican Patricia Connolly and another currently held by Conservative Party member Don Grasso.
Grasso did not respond to an email inquiry regarding whether he planned to run for re-election but independent candidates have until June 5, the day of the primary election, to file for the general election.
In Belmar, where Councilwoman Jennifer Nicolay is up for re-election, the incumbent will have no Republican opponent in the general election. Nicolay also will run uncontested in her party's primary.
Nicolay last November was elected to a one-year unexpired term and will be looking to win a full term this upcoming fall.
The candidates, according to each borough's clerk, are:
- (R) Greg Olivera, North Main Street
- (R) Michael J. Sinneck, Cedar Avenue
- (D) Peter S. Pappas, North Main Street
- (D) Michele Batista, Stockton Lake Boulevard
- (D) Jennifer Nicolay (incumbent)
Check back tomorrow for additional information regarding each candidate.