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Nov 15, 2019

Sea Bright Election Results Prove Town’s Uniqueness Again

sea bright summer 2019

Sea Bright has always marched to the beat of its own drum and the town’s recent elections are just one more example. This November, Sea Bright cast its vote of confidence in non-partisan governance.

When Dina Long decided not to run for re-election after serving two terms as mayor, Councilman Brian Kelly decided to run for the top spot. There were two seats open on the six-person council, so Republican Kelly teamed up with Democratic newcomer Samuel Catalano and incumbent independent Kevin Birdsall.

A ticket like this might seem unthinkable in most towns, but Sea Bright has a history of non-partisan politics. The current council has two Republicans, two Democrats and two Independents, along with an independent mayor. According to Councilman Charlie Rooney, it’s all about what’s best for the town.

“None of us care about your party affiliation,” Rooney said. “We work together to do what’s best for the town and its residents.”

Rooney, along with Councilman Marc Leckstein and Mayor Long, all campaigned for the unified ticket.

Kelly defeated democrat Jack Sanders by more than a 2-1 margin. Catalano and Birdsall were the top vote recipients among the three candidates, with Republican John Lamia failing in his bid to rejoin the council.

Kelly has been a council member for 15 years and was responsible for Capital Projects. He had a hand in much of the rebuilding of the municipal facilities after Superstorm Sandy.

“We are very happy with the elections results,” the mayor-elect said. “It’s now time to complete our municipal construction and beautification projects.”

Sea Bright has had a remarkable resurgence following the devastation of the superstorm. Houses have been rebuilt and elevated to withstand future storms, businesses are thriving and the rebuilding of the public infrastructure continues on pace.

“I’m really proud of our progress over the past seven years,” Kelly said. “I have been privileged to have worked alongside Mayor Long during my entire tenure on the council. Now I look forward to working hard to complete the job with our new team.”