Scaturro replaces Brando as GOP mayoral candidate

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BRICK TOWNSHIP — With Republican Domenick Brando bowing out of the mayoral race, former Councilwoman Ruthanne Scaturro has been selected by theBrick Republican County Committee to fill his place on the ticket.

Ruthanne Scaturro. COURTESY OF BRICK REPUBLICAN COUNTY COMMITTEE.

According to John Catalano, president of theBrick Republican County Committee, Mr. Brando cited a serious medical condition requiring surgery as the reason for dropping out of the race.

“He was going back and forth for the past six months about surgery he needs and he wasn’t sure if he can have it. He has spoken to several surgeons and if has it he’s going to be tied up for three or four months,” Mr. Catalano said, adding that Mr. Brando came to his decision last week.

“He did not want to jeopardize his running mates by being an absentee candidate,” Mr. Catalano said.

Domenick Brando. COURTESY OF BRICK REPUBLICAN COUNTY COMMITTEE.

To fill the void left by Mr. Brando, the Brick Republican County Committee, former Councilwoman Ruthanne Scaturro has been selected as the Republican mayoral candidate.

“After very serious consideration, the decision to return to public life was based on my observation that our once beautiful and safe town has deteriorated the past four years under Mayor [John] Ducey’s leadership,” Ms. Scaturro said in a press release.

According to Mr. Catalano, Ms. Scaturro served on the council from 2003 to 2011. She is a retired controller of Ferguson Enterprises and a resident of Lions Head South retirement community.

Ms. Scaturro will oppose incumbent Democratic candidate Mayor Ducey in the race for mayor, as well as independent candidates Anthony Matthews, a former councilman, and newcomer Robert Canfield.

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