Skip to content

A town square for an unsquare town

redbankgreen

Standing for the vitality of Red Bank, its community, and the fun we have together.

RUMSON: WRITE-IN DRIVE HEATS UP ELECTION

rumson-writein-110313-500x375-5958522A write-in campaign for two candidates billing themselves as the Rumson Family ticket emerged in the wake of the Oxford House controversy last month. Below, Tim McCooey at the October 22 borough council meeting, the night before he became a candidate. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

tim-mccooey-102213-220x165-8559733If the trend over the past century holds on Election Day, Rumson will seat an all-Republican borough council in January.

Ah, but which Republicans?

In a development that may add drama to Rumson’s usual election-night snoozer, two political newcomers have mounted an eleventh-hour write-in campaign, hoping to harness what they say is frustration with their party’s incumbents.

Election_2013_Plain

Running under the Rumson Family ticket, Tim McCooey and Tom Ridgway launched their campaign on October 23, the day after a they and other residents packed a town council meeting with concerns about Oxford House, a drug-and-alcohol recovery residence on South Ward Avenue.

Unknown to many borough residents, the house began operating in August, with no notice to the borough government or neighbors. Its presence came to light following the drug overdose death of a 25-year-old resident on October 13.

The McCooey/Ridgway campaign was “galvanized,” according to their press material, “by the council’s lack of response to residents’ concerns about a suspicious death at a new addiction recovery house in the West Park section.”

In an interview Sunday, however, McCooey sought to downplay the significance of Oxford House as the impetus for the campaign, which drew 125 residents to a rally at Molly Maguire’s Gastropub last Wednesday night. While the issue may be the top priority for many supporters of the write-in drive, “there’s much more to why we run than a single issue,” McCooey told redbankgreen.

“There’s not a single impetus,” he said. “It’s really a culmination of things. Over the last couple of weeks, there have been a couple of issues that have opened our eyes.”

He said residents have been feeling “powerless” before town boards. The campaign’s website says the current administration lacks transparency.

“It’s as if the council is out of touch with today’s Rumson family,” Ridgway said in a press release. “I appreciate their service but their best years may be behind them.”

On the ballot are Democrats Michael Steinhorn and Philip Wagner; incumbent Republican Joe Hemphill; and zoning board member Laura Atwell, also a Republican. Incumbent Republican Joan DeVoe is not seeking re-election.

No Democrat is believed to have been elected to office in the town’s now-106-year-long history, according to this story in redbankgreen‘s archive.

 

Remember: Nothing makes a Red Bank friend happier than to hear "I saw you on Red Bank Green!"
Partyline
DOUBLE DYLAN IN RED BANK
Trucks for a production company filming what one worker said was a Bob Dylan biography have lined Monmouth Street the past two days with cre ...
AFTER THE RAIN
A pear tree branch brought down by a brief overnight storm left a lovely tableau on the sidewalk in front of Red Bank's Riverside Gardens Pa ...
CONE OF UNCERTAINTY
Asked by a redbankgreen reporter why these cones were on top of cars, the owner of the car in the foreground responded: “That’s ...
RAIL RIDER’S VIEW
A commuter's view of Cooper's Bridge and the Navesink River from North Jersey Coast Line train 3320 out of Red Bank Tuesday morning.
PUT ME IN COACH!
Red Bank T-Ball kicked off at East Side park on Saturday morning. The brisk weather proved to be no deterrent to the young players, ranging ...
IT’S A SIGN!
Once proudly declaring its all-but-certain arrival in Spring 2019, the project previously known as Azalea Gardens springs to life again with ...
SPRINGTIME MEMORIES OF CARL
The Easter Bunny getup and St. Patrick’s Day hat that belonged to longtime Red Bank crossing guard and neighborhood smile-creator Carl ...
RED TRUCKS AT RED ROCK
A small dishwasher fire at Red Rock Tap and Grill was put out quickly by firefighters overnight, causing minimal damage. Red Bank Fire Depar ...
CREATIVE COVER UP
The windows of Pearl Street Consignment on Monmouth Street were smashed when a driver crashed their car through them injuring an employee la ...
THEY’RE BACK!
Ospreys returned to the skies over Red Bank this week for the first time since they migrated to warmer climes in late fall. With temperature ...
SPRING IS SPRUNG
RED BANK: Spring 2024 arrives on the Greater Red Bank Green with the vernal equinox at 11:06 p.m. Tuesday.
RED BANK’S FINEST – AND NEWEST
Red Bank Police Officer Eliot Ramos was sworn in as the force’s newest patrolman Thursday, and if you’re doing a double take thinkin ...
EASTER EGG MAYHEM AT THE PARK
An errant whistle spurred an unexpectedly early start to the Spring Egg Hunt on Sunday, which had been scheduled to begin at eggsactly 11am ...
PRESEASON DOCKWORK
RED BANK: With winter winding down, marina gets ready for boating season with some dockwork on our beautiful Navesink River.
CORNED BEEF AND DISCO FRIES?
It’s Friday, and smart Lent-observing Leprechauns know the pot of gold at the end of Red Bank’s rainbow is actually the deliciou ...
SURFBOARD DITCHED
It’s a violation of etiquette in surfing to ditch your board.  (it could hit another surfer and hurt them). But someone appears to ha ...
ELSIE, TAKE ME WITH YOU!
Soaked by pouring rain with the temperature hovering in the low 40’s, this sign in the window of Elsie’s Subs on Monmouth Street ...
WALK THIS WAY
PARTYLINE: Before-and-afters of a sidewalk cleanup on West Street.
SOGGY NOTION
RED BANK: Breezeway sculpture captured the mood downtown as heavy rains fell Saturday morning.
HOME DELIVERY
RED BANK: After a subdivision, an instant house rises on a new Catherine Street lot.