Middletown Township Committeeman Sean Byrnes, last year's Democratic Freeholder candidate, will nominate Spring Lake Councilwoman Janice Venables to be Freeholder John D'Amico's running mate at the Monmouth County Democratic convention this Saturday morning.
Democratic activist Vin Gopal announced that Byrnes would be nominating Venables, who is competing with Vincent Solomeno of Hazlet, in an email to Democratic convention voters.
"At this Saturday's convention, we are fortunate to have two very talented candidates seeking our party's nomination for county freeholder. I am proudly supporting Spring Lake Borough Councilwoman Janice Venables for this year's Democratic nomination for Monmouth County Freeholder to run with incumbent Democratic Freeholder John D'Amico. Janice has served on the borough council since 1999 and has a history of winning independent and Republican votes. She was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2009, which was considered a bad year for Democrats. Janice is an attorney by trade, having previously served as municipal prosecutor and as an investigator for the District IX Attorney Ethics Committee.
More than anything, the year is 2010 and it is unacceptable to run 3 men on the ballot by either of the major political parties. Janice is our party's best option. With her running by John D'Amico's side, we can retake control of the freeholder board this year."
Solomeno has won the endorsement of the Professional Firefighters Association of NJ, AFL-CIO, according to a report in Politickernj.
Gopal told MoreMonmouthMusings that former Wall prosecutor Eric Brophy will be uncontested for the Democratic nomination for sheriff.