Point Pleasant Beach mayor Stephen Reid has won the endorsements of former State Sen. Andrew Ciesla (R-Brick) and six of the eight Republican mayors in his bid to succeed David Wolfe (R-Brick) in the New Jersey State Assembly.
Reid announced last month that he would seek the open 10th district seat that Wolfe is giving up after 28 years in the legislature.
Toms River mayor Thomas Kelaher, Manchester mayor Ken Palmer, Mantoloking mayor Lance White, Island Heights mayor Steve Doyle, Lavallette mayor Walter LaCicero, and Seaside Heights mayor Tony are also backing Reid.
The mayors of Bay Head and Lakehurst have not yet taken sides in the race.
Reid is a longtime fixture in Trenton, starting as an aide to Christine Todd Whitman in the governor’s office and at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and as the owner of a public affairs firm. He was appointed to the borough council in 2011 and was elected mayor in 2015.
Brick Republican Club president John Catalano and former Bay Head council president D’Arcy Rohan Green are also seeking the Republican Assembly nomination. Samantha DeAlmeida, a former Assembly Republican staffer, is also exploring a run.
Brick is the second largest municipality in the 10th and has had representation in the Assembly without interruption since the 1973 election. The Republican municipal chairman, Brian DeLuca, told the New Jersey Globe that he was leaning toward Catalano.
The winner would run with Assemblyman Gregory McGuckin (R-Toms River) in district that has 15,270 more Republicans than Democrats. Democrats have not won a legislative race in the 10th since John Paul Doyle and Marlene Lynch Ford were re-elected in 1989.