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Shrewsbury Mayor Erik Anderson. (Photo: Erik Anderson).

Anderson will run for Monmouth commissioner

Shrewsbury mayor seeks seat of 87-year-old GOP incumbent

By David Wildstein, February 01 2023 4:21 pm

Shrewsbury Mayor Erik Anderson will seek Republican organization support for Monmouth County Commissioner, pitting him in a possible fight with 87-year-old incumbent Lillian Burry.

Anderson has emerged as the leading candidate to run with incumbent Ross Licitra.  While  GOP officials have not made any public statements regarding Burry, it’s become increasingly clear that they don’t plan to support her for a seventh term.

“As a candidate for County Commissioner, I will focus on important issues like keeping taxes low, ensuring our neighborhoods are safe, and supporting small businesses,” Anderson said.

His entrance into the race came after Middletown Mayor Tony Perry told party leaders he would not seek the post.

“It was not the right time for me to move up to the commissioner board,” Perry said.  “There is still a lot for me to do in Middletown.”

A partner at Reardon Anderson, a Tinton Falls-based law firm, Anderson was first elected to the Shrewsbury Borough Council in 2017 on a ticket with now-Assemblywoman Kim Eulner, and has been mayor since 2019.

The 46-year-old Anderson praised the Republican administration in Monmouth County.

“The County leadership team does a tremendous job in upholding a high quality of life for our taxpayers.  As a lifelong Monmouth resident, I would be honored to work with our Commissioner Board to keep Monmouth the very best place to live, work, and raise a family,” he said.  “I welcome the opportunity to run as a team with Commissioner Ross Licitra.”

Licitra announced this week that he would seek re-election to a second term.

Burry has told the New Jersey Globe that she has not made a decision about her political future.

The filing deadline for the March GOP convention is February 9.

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