Today’s Asbury Park Press has coverage of the Red Bank council candidate’s debate Wednesday night.

First-time candidates Kim Senkeleski of John Street and Rob Lombardi of William Street are hoping to displace incumbent Democrats MikeĀ  DuPont of South Street and Art Murphy of Prospect Avenue.

From the Press:

The debate, attended by about 40 people, saw the Democrats defend their record for reducing the municipal tax rate and holding down spending. Republicans rapped the incumbents, saying the borough has too much debt and that new zoning to increase density in three areas of town will stress the infrastructure.

The annual candidates’ night, hosted for the thirteenth time by the Westside Community Group at River Street Commons, saw the contenders outline their agendas with regard to taxes, development and health insurance for council members, among other topics, according to the Press.

Another resident asked if the candidates would take health benefits from the borough if elected. DuPont, Senkeleski and Lombardi said they would not. Murphy said he would continue to take the benefits, noting that he puts in a lot of time as a council member.