A united and enthusiastic Democratic convention nominated Amy Mallet of Fair Haven and Glen Mason of Hazlet as their Freeholder candidates by acclamation this morning at the Shore Casino in Atlantic Highlands.
In what is likely to be their theme in the fall campaign, Mallet and Mason called for change, a reduction in property taxes, the elimination of cronyism and for the lowest qualified bidders to get county contracts. Mallet called for the end of "pay to play", saying "contracts to contributors must stop." She did not say that her campaign would foresake union contributions.
Chairman Victor Scudiery and Freeholder Barbara McMorrow claimed that Monmouth County's recently enacted budget, without a tax increase, was a direct result of McMorrow's and Freeholder John D'Amico presence on the Freeholder board after 20 years of all Republican rule.
Congressman Rush Holt declared "We've an energy in the Democratic Party in Monmouth County" and reminisced of the nearly empty room, "where you could fit everyone in the corner" 10 years ago. There were over 300 people in attendance.
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