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Monmouth County Demcoratic freeholder candidates Michael Penna and Moira Nelson.

Penna, Nelson will seek Monmouth Dem freeholder nod

By David Wildstein, February 05 2020 1:10 pm

Democrats Michael Penna and Moira Nelson will mount a second for Monmouth County freeholder against this year and have lined up seventeen municipal chairs to support their bid for the organization line at an open convention next month.

Penna and Nelson were the Democratic nominees for freeholder in 2019, but lost to Republicans Tom Arnone and Nick DiRocco by a wide margin.  Penna ran more than 15,000 votes behind DiRocco and more than 20,000 votes behind Arnone.

“We listened to thousands of voters across the county last year. One thing was clear- they desperately want to be heard and the vast majority of them do not feel they are currently being represented,” said Nelson, a fashion industry executive and drug policy reform advocate. “Michael and I knew we needed to come back and finish the job we set out to do.”

Penna, a teacher who works with at-risk and special needs students, said that his experience as a candidate last year “only deepened my love for this county and confirmed for me that we can do better.”

“We can do better and we must do better for our communities,” Penna said.  “Let’s remember the essential values of kindness and understanding.”

The are expected to face Republican incumbent Lillian Burry and Monmouth SPCA executive director Ross Licitra.  Freeholder Patrick Impreveduto is not seeking re-election.

The Democratic officials endorsing Penna and Nelson, according to a campaign press release:

Joseph J. Martucci, Aberdeen Deputy Mayor

Arthur Hirsch, Aberdeen Council Member

Concetta B Kelly, Aberdeen Council Member

Margaret Montone, Aberdeen Council Member

Robert L Swindle, Aberdeen Council Member

Joe Grillo, Asbury Park Democratic Committee Chair

Angela Anderson, Asbury Park Democratic Committee Vice Chair

Lori C. Hohenleitner, Atlantic Highlands Councilwoman

Regina Hawley-Keelen, Atlantic Highlands Democratic Committee Chair

Maria Rondinaro, Belmar Democratic Committee Chairwoman

Al Gubitosi, Bradley Beach Councilman

Tim Sexsmith, Bradley Beach Councilman

Steve Lozowick, Bradley Beach Democratic Committee Chair

Larry Fox, Bradley Beach Democratic Club Chairman

Geri Jannarone, Brielle Democratic Committee Chairwoman

Meghan Chrisner-Keefe, Fair Haven Councilwoman

Christopher Rodriguez, Fair Haven Councilman

Liz deBeer, Fair Haven Democratic Committee Co-Chair

Shervyn Von Hoerl, Fair Haven Democratic Committee Co-Chair

Adam Reich, Freehold Borough Councilman

Margaret Rogers, Freehold Borough Councilwoman

Annette Jordan, Freehold Borough Democratic Committee Chair

Meg Thomann, Freehold Township Committee Chair

Scott Berlin, Freehold Township Democratic Club President

JJ Mistretta, Freehold Township Democratic Club Member

Barbara Singer, Holmdel Democratic Committee Vice Chair

Janis Iwanyk, Howell Democratic Committee Vice Chair

Gregory Siciliano, Keansburg Democratic Committee Chair

Marie Jimenez, Keansburg Democratic Committee Vice Chair

Matt Kitchen, Keansburg County Committeeperson

Collette Kennedy, Mayor of Keyport

Dennis Fotopoulos, Keyport Councilman & Democratic Committee Chair

Matthew Goode, Keyport Councilman

Victoria Pacheco, Keyport Councilwoman

Joseph Sheridan, Keyport Council President

Delia Sosa McDermott, Keyport Councilwoman

Matthew Cohen, Little Silver Democratic Committee Chair

Joan Gotti, Little Silver Democratic Committee Vice Chair and Club President

Amy Eklof, Little Silver Democratic Club Vice President and County Committee Member

Kevin McGettigan, Little Silver Democratic Club member

David Kane, Manalapan Township Democratic Committee Chair

Susan Meltsner, Manalapan Township Democratic Club President

Robin Nowicki, Manalapan Democratic County Committeeperson

Deana Gunn, Matawan Councilwoman

Brian Livesey, Matawan Councilman

Malini Guha, Matawan Democratic County Committeeperson

Tricia Maguire, Middletown Democratic County Committeeperson

Sandy Van Sant, Monmouth Beach Democratic Committee Chair

Glen Kocsis, Neptune City Councilperson

Pamela Renee, Neptune City Councilperson

Christina Kocsis, Neptune City Democratic Committee Chair

Members of the Neptune Progressives: Dr. Jim Chenitz, Susan Chenitz, Nancy S. Clarke, Lynn Cremona, Margaret Grove, Mike Hendricks, Freda Karpf, Frank Luthe, Kathleen McEnerney, Heather Meade, Ian Nugent, Valerie Onorata, Erik Perry, Rosie Perry, Gail Richardson, Ashley Vidal

Margie Donlon, Ocean Township Councilwoman

Steve Clayton, Ocean Township Democratic Committee Member

Kathy Horgan, Red Bank Councilwoman

Kate Triggiano, Red Bank Councilwoman

Hazim Yassin, Red Bank Councilman

Ed Zipprich, Red Bank Councilman

Susan Boyce, Rumson Democratic Committee Chair

Mitch Kulberg, Tinton Falls Democratic Committee Chair

Tom Yaccarino, Tinton Falls Democratic County Committeeperson

Lauren Albrecht, Wall Township Democratic County Committeeperson

Christian Albrecht, Wall Township Democratic County Committeeperson

Mark Engel, West Long Branch Democratic Committee Chair

Melanie Engel, West Long Branch Democratic Committee Member

Ellen Karcher, Former State Senator

Charlie Fallon, Former Monmouth County Freeholder

Amy Mallet, Former Monmouth County Freeholder

Allison Friedman, Matawan-Aberdeen BOE Member

Jack Mamiye, Monmouth County Democrats Young Progressives Caucus Chair

Anita Clavering, Monmouth County Democrats Disability Caucus Chair

Tara Shearer, Monmouth County Democrats Disability Caucus Vice Chair

David Lande, Attorney

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