3 Former Republicans Vying To Replace LaRocca On Marlboro Township Council

Frank LaRocca resigned his post as a Councilman in Marlboro and his chairmanship of the Marlboro Democratic Committee earlier this month in order to become Keyport’s new Municipal Court Judge.

By NJ law, the vacancy is filled by the Party Committee of the departing office holder’s party nominating three candidates to fill the position.  The governing body then selects one of the three to fill the vacancy until the next election.

The three candidates selected by the Marlboro Democratic Committee were Republicans until they each changed their affiliation to Democrat yesterday.

Michael Scalea, a member of the Township’s Recreation Commission  is the only one of the three with any previous governmental experience in Marlboro.  He is active as a coach in youth sports leagues and works as a technology consultant, according to Mayor Jon Hornik.

Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik

Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik

Dr. Peter Bufano, a chiropractor with offices in Freehold and Old Bridge and Vincent Rantinella, a financial advisor are the other two candidates selected by the Democratic Committee.

All three candidates are active volunteers in youth sports and recreation in the Township.

The candidate selected by the Marlboro Council will run for a full term with Councilwoman Randi Marder, who is seeking reelection, and Hornik who will be seeking a third term as Mayor.

Upon the swearing in of LaRocca’s replacement, Marlboro’s all Democratic governing body will consist of three former Republicans.  Councilman Jeff Cantor and Councilwoman Carol Mazzola were both first elected as Republicans before changing to registered Democrats to join with Honik’s team.

Hornk, who was acting Chairman after LaRocca’s resignation, said that he looked for the three best community minded people to fill the vacancy, regardless of their party affiliation.

Honik said that he is enthusiastic about all three men joining his administration and will welcome one of them on his ticket for reelection with Marder.  He said he will find volunteer positions on a board or commission for the candidates not selected to join the governing body.

Lynn Franco was elected the new Chair of the Marlboro Democratic Committee at the same meeting where the candidates to replace LaRocca on the Council were selected.


Posted: January 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Jon Hornik, marriage, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

5 Comments on “3 Former Republicans Vying To Replace LaRocca On Marlboro Township Council”

  1. r's for d's said at 11:17 am on January 22nd, 2015:

    mr hornik is up to the same old republicans for democrats move he made this last election for the democrat freeholders ( no pay my parking tickets grillo and lunging larry) why do they have to change their political party if it doesn’t matter what party they are from? i wish the people of marlboro would see that all the back slapping and lying smiles from the mayor jon hornik are just that. that it’s really about hornik growing his law firm on the taxpayers backs in marlboro. how much more money is the mayor and these so called republicans going to spend and borrow before the people wake up. if these individuals where ever really republicans why haven’t they tried to help marlboro out before this? i say they are really opportunists, knowing that jon will have tens of thousands wheeled in for the campaign, so they will take the easy route like the other so called republicans mazzola and cantor. P.S. don’t these men know that their running mate is convicted of corruption by the state DCA and the atty general? and this is the ticket that they want to be a part of ? says a lot about their character.

  2. MarlboroDem said at 1:14 pm on January 22nd, 2015:

    You are a moron Dean, by state law, something you don’t understand, the seat has to be held by Democrat because a Democrat resigned so the seat can’t be given to a Republican.

    No one has been convicted of anything, you are a compulsive liar which is why your party is a joke in Marlboro and Republicans are converting over left and right.

    You are an idiot, go take a writing class – as long as you are leading the Marlboro Republicans, we will happily keep converting more Republicans keep winning more elections so please don’t ever quit!

  3. Nadda Cronie said at 3:29 pm on January 22nd, 2015:

    From the News Transcript http://nt.gmnews.com/news/2015-01-22/Front_Page/NJ_ethics_decision_at_heart_of_GOP_leaders_comment.html
    “The Local Finance Board found Marder was in violation when she voted in favor of four resolutions “which granted local government officers or employees subordinate to her … the authority to enter into contracts with Inkwell Global Marketing and its affiliate, Lenny’s Trophies.”

    Perhaps it is you who are the idiot and the moron. Perhaps local RINO’s are sought after because too many of the local dems don’t want to be part of the ongoing spend and splurge mentality in Marlboro.

    BTW, when is your term over?

  4. Dean has led the Marlboro Republican Party alright...Into the Ground! said at 4:32 pm on January 22nd, 2015:

    Chris Dean has really disillusioned the Republicans of Marlboro. The Republican Club has disbanded; and the very few that remain (I believe about 7 hardcore, oldtime members) are not too happy.

    The misguided efforts of Dean to make non-issues into issues have failed miserable, like the Marder issue. Quite frankly, no one cares. You want corruption Dean, look no further than your own party. Remember Scannapieco, Broderick, Golden, Guadagno–need I say anymore?

  5. Identity crisis? said at 9:40 pm on January 22nd, 2015:

    Or, just no principles or loyalty? The mayor must have inherited the who-am-I gene from his dad the former mayor, he changed parties to fit the exploding NY population and how the wind was blowing. It’s been ten long years of trying to come back from the misdeeds of idiots, so it’s no surprise there’s no wins and little organization for our side,there. It’s depressing, for sure.Election-ally,for the county, that town is a royal pain, it gets harder and harder to make a dent and spare us from huge plurality losses we have to make up somewhere else. Can we give them to Middlesex? Just wonderin..