MANASQUAN – Councilman Jay Bryant and resident Charlie Kelly announced their joint candidacy for Manasquan Borough Council earlier this week.
In a statement sent to The Coast Star on Monday, the two Democrats said “they intend to run a positive, issue-based campaign that focuses on ideas to deliver affordable and efficient government while making needed improvements to infrastructure and preserving our quality of life in town.”
Mr. Bryant and Mr. Kelly are running unopposed in the June 8 Democratic primary and are expected to face Republicans Lori A. Triggiano and Brian G. Holly in November, when two seats on the council will be up for grabs.
Councilman Jim Walsh told The Coast Star that he will not be seeking reelection this year after serving two terms on council.
“I think Jay is obviously an outstanding choice and deserves to be reelected,” Mr. Walsh said, “and I’ve had the opportunity to meet with Charlie and he’s a great option, too.”
Mr. Bryant said that during his time on council he has learned “in order to preserve small-town quality of life that we need local elected officials and volunteers who serve because they are trying to help make things better.”
Mr. Kelly added, “I know from my career in public service that maintaining that sense of community that we all love requires people who genuinely want to work on behalf of town and step up and put their name forward.”
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