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Red Bank Mayor Bill Portman. (Photo: Bill Portman).

Portman vs. Hogan in Red Bank mayoral race

FIrst non-partisan election since charter change passed last year

By David Wildstein, March 06 2023 7:50 pm

Red Bank Mayor Bill Portman will face off against hospital executive Tim Hogan in the borough’s first non-partisan municipal election since voting to change their form of government last November.

Portman was an upset, landslide winner of the 2022 Democratic mayoral primary against Councilman Michael Ballard.  He campaigned in support of charter change, and his slate of county committee candidates toppled the Democratic municipal chairman, Ed Zipprich.

Councilwoman Kate Triggiano, who replaced Zipprich as party chair, is running with Portman.  Former school board president Ben Forest, planning board member Kristina Bonatakis, Charter Study Commission chair Nancy Facey-Blackwood, retired Monmouth University nursing professor Laura Jannone, and volunteer firefighter David Cassidy.

Horgan, the Riverview Medical Center CEO, heads a slate that includes incumbents  Ballard, John Jackson, and Jacqueline Sturdivant and three newcomers: Sean Murphy, a zoning board member and union leader; Linda Hill, a fundraiser for a non-profit; and Erin Fleming, a filmmaker.

A thirteenth council candidate, Sue Viscomi, is also in the race.

Zipprich and Angela Mirandi are not seeing re-election.

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