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Former Neptune Mayor Michael Beson. (Photo: Beson for Commissioner.)

Beson enters race for Monmouth commissioner

Democratic leader will challenge GOP incumbent Sue Kiley

By David Wildstein, January 17 2021 2:51 pm

Longtime Democratic stalwart Michael Beson, a former Mayor of Neptune, has entered the race for Monmouth County Commissioner by slamming GOP incumbents for giving themselves a pay raise during the coronavirus pandemic.

“While thousands of Monmouth County residents were out of work and desperately calling the Department of Labor for their unemployment benefits, and in some cases grieving the loss of a loved one, the County Commissioners voted to give themselves a pay increase,” said Beson.  At the same time, I was struggling to make payroll for my business. My opponent’s vote to raise her salary was completely out of touch with the needs of Monmouth County residents.”

Beson will face Commissioner Sue Kiley, a former Hazlet mayor who was elected in 2018.

“I am running for Monmouth County Commissioner to make our County more affordable, attract new businesses, and jumpstart our local economy,” Beson said.  “Having held various positions in government along with owning a small business, I am prepared to meet these pressing challenges.”

Beson is a former aide to Rep. Frank Pallone, served on the Ocean Township school board, and is presently the Ocean Township Democratic Municipal Chairman.  He is a Democratic State Committeeman from Monmouth and was recently nominated by Gov. Phil Murphy to serve on the New Jersey Casino Redevelopment Authority.

“I have worked in business and government for many years, and I am excited to bring my experience and unique perspective to the Count,” he said. “The Board of Commissioners is severely lacking a diversity of ideas, and if the voters of Monmouth County choose to elect me, I will not only fight to lower property taxes, and I will be a much-needed independent voice for all residents of Monmouth County.”

In 1999, Beson challenged incumbent Assemblymen Steve Corodemus (R-Atlantic Highlands) and Tom Smith (R-Asbury Park).  Beson was the state director for Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign, signing on in 2002 when Dean was at just 1% in national polls.

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