The Democratic candidates for Monmouth County Freeholder have finally started their campaign.
According the the Asbury Park Press, candidates John D'Amico and Stephen Schueler have joined Republican candidate Jeff Cantor in calling for limits on the number of years a Freeholder can serve as Director.
Freeholder Anna Little has been proposing a rotational directorship and Freeholder term limits since shortly after she took office in February of last year. Cantor has also endorsed term limits.
D'Amico and Schueler said they also want to create a new paid county job -- an internal inspector general, who would review county operations and serve as an ombudsman for citizens. Isn't that what Freeholders are for? If they really want to triangulate, the Democrats will announce that they will offer the job to Anna Little if they are elected.
D'Amico and Schueler can win on the directorship issue. They will make taking down Bully Barham the center piece of their campaign. Running against Bully, even when he's not on the ballot will be a winning strategy and neutralize Cantor's appeal.
Republican Freeholder Rob Clifton should finally stand up to Bully Barham and propose term limits and a rotational directorship. The votes are there to pass the resolution at the next Freeholder meeting. Take the issue off the table, Robby. It is the right thing to do, and good politics to boot.
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