An intra-party contest between Red Bank Democrats took a new turn Monday after LeRoi Jones withdrew from the race to oust two Democratic incumbents.
He was replaced by Jacqueline Sturdivant.
“My goals are to protect Red Banks’ quality of life, open spaces, existing assets and our ‘hippest town in NJ’ reputation,” Sturdivant said.
She and Bruce Maida, a retired project manager for energy giant National Grid, are backed by Democratic Municipal Chairman Ed Zipprich and will face incumbents Kate Triggiano and Hazim Yassin, who did not seek the endorsement of the local party organization.
“I could not be more thrilled to have such an outstanding running mate,” Maida said. “Jacqueline and I are fellow engineers who will work with the Mayor and other members of Council to effectively utilize governmental resources, ensure transparency in government, respect all Borough employees and volunteers, and maintain rock-solid support for our public schools, our Public Library, our existing Senior Center, riverfront parks and ALL our neighborhoods.”
Triggiano and Yassin instead chose to make their pitch for the Monmouth County line directly to the county Democratic organization, charging Zipprich, who is also a councilman, sought to undercut their candidacies.
The party leader put out a statement suggesting the two were not seeking re-election, though he knew they were.
The incumbents said they have already filed nominating petitions with the municipal clerk, adding that Gov. Phil Murphy and Monmouth County Democratic Chairman David Brown attended their campaign kickoff in early February.
Republicans ran no candidates in Red Bank last year, and Joe Biden carried the borough by a 66%-33% margin.