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Saturday's Special Election for Freeholder Can Affect Holmdel Government

If Serena DiMaso wins the special election, the township must find a replacement for her on the Township Committee.

By noon on Saturday, Holmdel will know if its Deputy Mayor, Serena DiMaso, is leaving the township to join the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

DiMaso is up for election, with three other Monmouth County Republicans, to take Robert Clifton’s still-warm chair. Clifton, a Republican, was recently sworn in as a state Assemblyman. A year remains in his term.

“I’ve called every county committee member I have a number for and left a phone message -- or had a conversation,” said DiMaso. “I’m encouraged by the support I’ve gotten so far. “

All 770 members of the Monmouth County Republican Committee have been called to Colts Neck High School Saturday to vote for a candidate. At least half of the members must be present before the vote is taken. The winner who gets more than 50 percent of the vote gets the job.

“I’m confident that I’ll be successful, but I’m still ‘cautiously optimistic,’” she said.

DiMaso has received several endorsements in recent days, from local legislators and Art Gallagher's county politics blog More Monmouth Musings. She won a straw poll at recent meeting of the Bayshore Tea Party. She said she figures she must be the front runner because the candidate from Manalapan, Ryan Green, issued a press release Thursday criticizing her and the rest of the Holmdel Township Committee who voted for legislation that would be used to sell off a slice of the undeveloped Cross Farm tract to balance Holmdel's budget. The tract was partially purchased with Green Acres money.

“Quite honestly we [Republicans] made a promise on the first evening we met to run a clean campaign,” DiMaso said. “Because whoever wins has to run in again against the Democrats. So if he's going to break the '11th Commandment' then what other promises is he going to break as if he's elected?"

Should DiMaso win on Saturday (and you'll find the news here on Patch) then she would need to resign from her Holmdel office. Because she is a Republican, the Republican County Committee gets to nominate three Republicans to replace her. The 5-member Township Committee, which incudes one Democrat and four Republicans, votes to choose her replacement.

Sean Conneamhe January 14, 2012 at 11:10 AM
"Serena DiMaso for Freeholder."
Tony Orsini January 14, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Why is Mr. Green stating a fact and criticizing a bad decision "negative campaigning?" If you can't stand the heat, leave the kitchen. He is doing what one is supposed to do, he is not making a personal attack. Perhaps he is also compelled by his last name? This is already an issue that Dems will use, green or no Green.
Thomas Scarano January 14, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Notably Mr. Green was last in this mornings convention.

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