GOP give nod to candidate to run for Pat Wann’s seat

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BELMAR — The borough’s Republican Party has given their backing to Jodi Kinney as their candidate to run in this year’s primary election on June 8.

The nomination of Ms. Kinney, a 26-year resident who owns a chiropractic office in Belmar, was made Wednesday morning by Jim McCracken, municipal chairman of the borough’s Republican party and Belmar councilman. According to the state, she plans on filing her paperwork before the April 5 deadline.

“We are very excited that Dr. Kinney has decided to run and serve the residents of Belmar,” Mr. McCracken said. “Jodi is a 26-year resident of Belmar, owns a business in town, and is the proud mother two school-age children. She will make an excellent complement to a team that is committed to the quality of life of Belmar residents”.

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“Our administration has worked hard to improve and maintain borough services for the last
two years while navigating the COVID-19 pandemic,” he added. “We restored the
finances of the town, streamlined services, increased transparency and always put Belmar
families first. We are confident we can continue to improve Belmar with Jodi Kinney on the
Council. She is running because she cares deeply about our town”.

Her nomination comes a week after an announcement that Councilwoman Pat Wann would not be running for a second term this year. Ms. Kinney ran for borough council last year against Councilman President Tom Brennan, who retained his seat, and independent candidate Gerald Buccafusco. In a statement from Ms. Kinney, she said her race last year has taught her lessons she will put to use in this year’s campaign.

“I was very encouraged by the feedback I received last year,” she said. “My enthusiasm
continues, and I look forward to getting to know more of you personally as the COVID
restrictions ease and we advocate to make the vaccine more available to Belmar residents. As a
mom, it is so exciting that Belmar brought back our quality recreation programs for our kids like
camp and junior guards. As a business owner in town, I continue to promote a vibrant
downtown while not compromising quality of life”.

In the same statement, Mayor Mark Walsifer, also a Republican, said that he was proud in the committee choosing Ms. Kinney to run this year.

“As a businesswoman, mother, and longtime resident of Belmar, she will bring new,
fresh and forward-thinking ideas to the council. Her perspective and outlook for Belmar is
exciting,” the mayor, who also serves as the vice-chair of the Republican committee in Belmar, said.

In what may pan out to be a rematch of the 2020 General Election, the borough’s Democratic Party gave the nod to Mr. Buccafusco to run in the party’s primary election on June 8.

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