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This is what I've learned so far from the comments and from driving around town:
Based on the comments and the signs I've seen around town I'm guessing that there are 7 candidates running for three seats.
The incumbents appear to be Pat Walsh, and two women named Diorio and Caminiti.
Diorio and Caminitti are running with someone named Wexelberg, according to their signs. But Walsh supporters, the status quo folk, also like Dorio and Caminiti.
Pat Walsh has the best signs. They are the easiest to read. She's running alone. Either she's decided her best shot at re-election is if her friends bullet vote her or the other incumbents think she's a liability. Could be both.
Dorio, Caminiti and Wexelberg have lousy signs. They are hard to read and look like ads for Key Lime Pie.
None of the incumbents have "Re-elect" on their signs. They probably figure that voters think it is time for a change so they will deceive them by omission.
The challengers are Brand, Aveta and Mascone. BAM. They have the worst signs. The sign doesn't look too bad in this photo, but only dog walkers can read it on the road. The lettering is too small for joggers to comprehend.
Commenters who like Pat Walsh don't like BAM and want to make an issue that they came from Carteret or some place else north of the Raritan Bay. I'm liking BAM already, even though their signs are terrible. One or more of the BAM team likes soccer.
Frequent commenter "stopthesocialists" likes BAM.
Middletown Mike doesn't like BAM because, he says, Gerry Scharfenberger and Tony Fiore recrutied them to run, helped them get their petitions signed and because Brand is a stand up comic. Mike can always be counted on the carry Walsh's water.
Mike says the Republicans are running the BAM campaign. That can't be true. BAM would have had much better signs if the Republicans were running the campaign.
I like Gerry and Tony, don't care much for soccer, but comedy is good. The new board is going to need a sense of humour. So far so good for BAM.
Here come the shrill comments from the Walsh supporters....(both of them).
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Pallone's Town Hall Meeting, Red Bank, August 25, 2009