Red Bank Councilman John Curley has thrown his name in for consideration by Republican powerbrokers as a potential candidate for Monmouth County Freeholder in November, Curley has confirmed to the the Hub.
In the current edition, the weekly reports that Curley sent a letter of intent declaring his candidacy for freeholder Jan. 24, prior to Freeholder William C. Barham’s announcment that announced he wouldn’t seek re-election.
Curley tells Hub reporter Melissa Karsh that he hopes to bring a fresh face and voice to the county with his nomination.
“I believe that Monmouth County is going through a period of revolution, that the Republican Party needs some stability and I feel that I’m not beholden to anyone so I can go out as a fresh voice and fresh spirit and be beneficial,” said Curley Monday.
He added, “I’m putting my name out there and seeing how it plays out. I truly believe that if the Republican Party in the county wants to change then they will choose me because I am someone who brings forth change.”
He also says that if he fails in his bid, he’ll stand for re-election to the borough seat he won as a Democrat in 2002 before changing parties. And if he wins at the county, he won’t seek re-election to the council, where he’s one of two Republicans, along with Grace Cangemi, on the six-member body.
“I would never put myself in a conflict of interest and serve in two public offices,” he tells the Hub.