Former Jackson Councilman Scott R. Martin has joined the race for the open State Assembly seat in the 12th district, where Republicans will hold a special election convention on August 11 to fill the vacancy left by the death of veteran lawmaker Ronald Dancer (R-Plumsted) last month.
He told the New Jersey Globe that he is in the race and began making calls to Republican leaders on Sunday.
Martin praised Dancer as the model for a legislator.
“He’s left large shoes to fill,” Martin said.
The race to fill Dancer’s seat has already attracted two candidates from Jackson: Mayor Michael Reina and Council Vice President Alex Sauickie III.
Martin described both of them as “very good people.”
Three others — Englishtown Councilman Daniel Francisco, Plumsted Township Committeeman Dominick Cuozzo, and former Toms River Councilman Brian Kubiel — are also looking at the race. Kubiel now lives in Plumsted, where he serves on the municipal utility authority.
The winner of the special election convention is also expected to be the Republican nominee for the seat in a November special election to fill Dancer’s unexpired term.
Martin, a 55-year-old father of six, works for Humana as a representative helping seniors with the Medicare options.
He served on the township council for twelve years and was the top vote-getter in 2010 and 2014 before losing his seat in 2018.
As an Assembly candidate, Martin touted his ability to work across the aisle, like Dancer did.
“If it’s in the best interests of my constituents, I’ll the support the item,” Martin said. “That’s what Ron did and that’s what I’ll be doing as well.”