Former Brick councilwoman Ruthanne Scaturro has entered the race for the Republican Assembly nomination in the 10th district.
“I threw my hat into the ring,” Scaturro told the New Jersey Globe.
The seat opened up last month for the first time in 28 years following the announcement that Assemblyman David Wolfe (R-Brick) would retire at the end of the year.
“Dave has a legacy I hope to continue,” said Scaturro.
She joins another Brick candidate for the seat. John Catalano, the local Republican club president, said he would run days after Wolfe said he would not.
Scaturro describes Catalano as a good friend.
Brick GOP municipal chairman Brian DeLuca had said Catalano was his first choice, but that was before Scaturro entered the race. DeLuca now says he likes them both.
“I’m in favor of either of my candidates,” DeLuca said. “I would be thrilled if either of them won.”
This is Scaturro’ s second bid for the Assembly. She sought party support in 2011 when Assemblyman James Holzapfel (R-Toms River) moved up to the Senate, but the Ocean County Republicans instead picked Toms River council president Greg McGuckin.
Scaturro said that she plans to accept the decision of the county GOP screening committee, which should meet sometime later this month.
“I would hope there’s not a primary,” Scaturro said, noting that she did not contest the results of the screening committee when party leaders picked McGuckin to replace Holzapfel.
Point Pleasant Beach mayor Stephen Reid is also seeking Wolfe’s seat. He has won the endorsements of former State Sen. Andy Ciesla (R-Brick) and by Republican mayors in Toms River, Manchester, Mantoloking, Island Heights, Lavallette and Seaside Heights.
Former Bay Head council president D’Arcy Rohan Green is also seeking the Republican nomination.
A third Brick candidate, former Assembly Republican staffer Samantha DeAlmeida, is also exploring run for Wolfe’s seat.
Scaturro served on the township council from 2004 to 2011, headed the local chamber of commerce, and currently serves as a commissioner of the Ocean County Library and the Ocean County Board of Health. In 2017, Scaturro stepped up as a last-minute replacement candidate for mayor against Democratic incumbent John Ducey.