ARREST LEADS DEMS TO REPLACE CANDIDATE

hot-topic rightBy DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The Middletown Democratic Committee named a replacement for former township committee candidate Alex DeSevo Friday, just hours after he tendered his resignation from the race under a cloud of scandal.

Taking DeSevo’s spot is Carol Fowler, of Lincroft, said Joe Caliendo, the party’s chairman.

“We were after her for quite a while,” Caliendo said. “She’s a good-speaking woman, good personality. She sounds like she’s laid back but she’s not.”

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CANDIDATE TO RESIGN AFTER DRUG BUST

just_in1By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A Middletown Township Committee candidate in this year’s election will resign after being charged with possession of crack cocaine in a Holmdel motel last weekend, the town’s Democrat committee chairman said.

A replacement on the Democrat ticket to take Alex DeSevo‘s slot could be named as soon as Monday night, Joe Caliendo told redbankgreen.

DeSevo, 43, was charged with possession of crack and drug paraphernalia on June 18 after he rented two rooms at the Holmdel Motor Inn and was accused of chasing one of two women with him at the motel, according to the Asbury Park Press.

“Alex is going to resign,” Caliendo said. “Actually, he was going to resign before this took place. I don’t know what his problems were.”

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BRIGHTBILL TAKES PASS ON RE-ELECTION BID

pam-brightbillDeputy Mayor Pamela Brightbill won’t seek re-election this year. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

After six years on the township committee, including a stint as mayor, Deputy Mayor Pamela Brightbill is “passing the baton” and will not run for re-election this year, she says.

Taking her place on the ballot, alongside Mayor Tony Fiore, is zoning board member Stephanie Murray.

Murray and Fiore will run on the Republican ticket against two Democrats who’ve each made unsuccessful runs for the committee.

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