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Holmdel 2012 Election Guide

The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Holmdel Township and Monmouth County.

As we look ahead to November’s elections, Holmdel-Hazlet Patch will bring you the information you need about the races that matter in your town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.

  • Holmdel Board of Education: Six candidates are vying for three open seats on the Holmdel Board of Education in November. They are: Joseph D. Hammer, incumbent Chiung-Yin Cheng Liu, John A. Martinez, Jennifer Rainess, Peter Reddy, and incumbent Robin Wetmore.
  • Monmouth County FreeholdersVoters will fill one three-year term, with Republican incumbent John Curley facing Democratic challenger William Shea, who was defeated in his freeholder bid in 2011. Incumbent Republican Freehold Serena DiMaso of Holmdel will seek a one-year, unexpired term. DiMaso faces Democratic challenger Kevin Lavan of Hazlet.
  • 4th Congressional District: After the recent redistricting, Holmdel Township is now in the 4th Congressional District, where the contest is between Christopher Smith (R) incumbent, and Brian Froelich (D) challenger.
  • U.S. Senate: U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D), the junior United States Senator from New Jersey who was first appointed in 2006 to fill Jon Corzine's seat, takes on Republican challenger Joe Kyrillos, who easily defeated three opponents in the primary.
  • U.S. President: President Barack Obama will presumptively face former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in a campaign that has already focused heavily on the economy and job growth.
Jamie Crahan October 08, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Let me start by saying that I consider myself a moderate democrat living in a neighboring town and unfortunately I will not have the ability to vote for Joe Ponisi as a Holmdel Township Committee. I have had the pleasure of knowing Joe the last 5 years and he is a man of great character and authenticity. These qualities are intangible and not easily measured except through the endorsement of someone who knows. They are also sorely missing in ethical leadership today so I believe it is necessary to say that these rare qualities are ever-present in Joe. Joe is a great leader he is energetic, positive and keeps things moving. He adds some real life experiences and he truly engages with people. When I ask Joe a question he always delivers an honest answer, even if it’s not the answer I want to hear. Whatever the task Joe will delivered!
Michele Thomas October 11, 2012 at 12:03 PM
I agree with you Jamie. Joe and Tom are going to be a great addition to the committee in November. I am also excited that Mr. Martinez and Hammer are running for Board of Education. They are going to be a great help in challenging the current group and help to protect the children and taxpayers. I am finally looking forward to voting for some great candidates. Regards Michele
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 08:41 AM
Make a special note to remember to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party candidates for the Presidency, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green) to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1

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