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Former Brick Councilman Michael Thulen. (Photo: Michael Thulen.)

Thulen enters race for Ocean Commissioner

By David Wildstein, January 11 2021 6:32 pm

Former Brick Councilman Michael Thulen, Sr. today entered the race for a rare open seat on the Ocean County Board of Commissioners.

Longtime incumbent Gerry Little announced this month that he would not seek re-election and Ocean County Republicans have set a filing deadline of January 16 to compete at their February screening committee and March convention.

“As a commissioner, I commit to the idea of keeping Ocean County at the top of the list of places to reside, work, and start your business in. My interests in serving as your commissioner are to focus solely on the future of Ocean County and our residents,” Thule said. “These issues that are as important to me as they are to everyone in our great county include senior services, veteran’s affairs, persons with disabilities, public safety, open space, infrastructure, economic development, traffic, transportation, public health, and the preservation and maintenance of our county assets as parks, libraries, pine forests and the many buildings that the county operates.”

Thulen spent 12 years as a councilman and worked for the state Board of Public Utilities.

Berkeley Township Councilman John Bacchione, Little Egg Harbor Township Barbara Crea, and former Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Rory Wells are already in the race for Little’s seat.

Another Republican incumbent, Gary Quinn, is seeking re-election and is no expected to have any obstacle at the convention.

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