Little Silver Candidates Invited To Public Forum At Markham Place School

Rick Brandt is banned from school properties, says he’s “taken aback” by invitation to meet at a school

Little Silver Mayoral Candidates Bob Neff and Rick Brandt

Little Silver Republican Chairman Stuart Van Winkle has invited all candidates in the June 4th Republican Primary to attend a Meet the Candidates Night on Tuesday, May 28, 8PM at Markham Place School.  The event is open to the public.

Little Silver Democrats do not have any candidates running in their primary, meaning that is is likely that the Republican primary will determine who will be the mayor for the next four years.   Incumbent Mayor Bob Neff is seeking a third term. He is being challenged by Rick Brandt, aka Little Silver’s Superman.

Neff and his running mates, Council members Don Galante and Corinne Thygeson, have confirmed their attendance.

In an email to Van Winkle obtained by MMM, Brandt said he was “taken aback” to be invited to an event he did not plan and demanded that his name be removed from the invitation.  Brandt wrote, “I feel this truly reflects the epitome of the poor, and biased communication in Little Silver which as Mayor I will work to improve,” about being invited to a Meet the Candidates night.

Maybe the problem is the venue.  MMM has learned that Brandt has been banned from Board of Education property, under the threat of prosecution, except as a spectator at events that are open to the public and that the he is further prohibited from advertising or promoting events on school property.


Van Winkle should ask the Board of Education to make an exception for Brandt to attend this event as a participant or change the venue, if Little Superman agrees to attend.

MMM is making OPRA requests to the Red Bank Regional Board of Education,  the Little Silver Board of Education and the Little Silver Police Department for documentation of the reasons for Brandt’s banishment from school properties under the threat of prosecution.

Brandt has not responded to a text requesting comment on this story.  In the past he has declined to be interviewed or respond to written questions and referred us to his website.  He doesn’t talk about the Meet the Candidates event or his banishment from school properties on his website.

Meet the Candidates Night 05-28-19a




Posted: May 20th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

4 Comments on “Little Silver Candidates Invited To Public Forum At Markham Place School”

  1. Rick Brat said at 10:10 am on May 20th, 2019:

    Rick is having a tough go of it lately! It seems odd for a candidate whose message is (among a zillion other things) to communicate better with the good people of Little Silver to be “taken aback” at the opportunity to do so in a public format. Every day life is not stage managed. It’s time for Rick take his communication skills off of FB photos and onto the streets for a real life test drive. I wonder if his response will be…I won’t engage the public but I will put up even BIGGER signs!!

  2. The question is said at 10:50 am on May 20th, 2019:

    Did the Republican Chair know that Rick was banned? If not, Rick’s shock is a nothing burger.

  3. Astraea said at 12:19 pm on May 20th, 2019:

    Why is Brandt banned from school property; I can’t find anything about it online. Surely something like that has to be documented by the school board or town itself?

  4. Good points, said at 6:55 am on May 21st, 2019:

    RB. I recall going to that school back in ‘96 and speaking to the kids about why I was for Bob Dole. One of the county Dems spoke for Clinton. You know, way back when teachers actually taught civics, presented different ideas without beating up the side they weren’t on, and explaining our unique Constitution and elective process. It is sad to see the grandstanding, social media campaigning “shortcuts,” and plain ignorance of and disrespect for our process so rampant, today.