Former Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Vincent Barrella has filed to run as an independent candidate for State Assembly in the 10th district.
Barrella, who was first elected mayor as a Republican, said in April that he might run as an independent after losing a Democratic screening committee vote to Brick Planning Board member Eileen Della Volle and teachers union president Erin Wheeler.
Barrella spent eight years as mayor and was in office during Superstorm Sandy. He did not seek re-election in 2015 and was replaced by Republican Stephen Reid.
He was elected mayor as a Republican in 2008 with 52%. He was the target of a recall in 2010, but voters rejected the move by 172 votes. He had run as an independent in the recall election and outpolled Reid by 101 votes. Barrella ran for re-election as an independent in 2011 and defeated Reid.
At a raucous Point Pleasant borough council meeting last month, Barrella went at it with the Reid.
The 10th district has 15,270 more Republicans than Democrats and Democrats have not won there since John Paul Doyle (D-Brick) and Marlene Lynch Ford (D-Point Pleasant) were elected in 1989.