TOMS RIVER – In an unprecedented split, there’s a three-way fight among Republicans wanting to be mayor this political season. A local studio will be broadcasting a debate live.
Ready 2 Roll Studios, Seaside Heights, will host the candidates. The debate will be shown on Comcast Channel 190 on Thursday, May 30, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
There are three candidates for mayor that are competing in the June primary. All three were invited to the debate. They each have a slate of council candidates as well.
In alphabetical order, they are:
- Former Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato. His council candidates are Christian Momm, John Meehan, and Ginny Rhine.
- Councilman Maurice “Mo” Hill. His council candidates are Matt Lotano, Josh Kopp, and Kevin Geoghegan.
- Councilman Dan Rodrick. His council candidates are Ken Londregin, George Lobman, and Justin Lamb.
Additionally, Heather Barone is running in the primary as a council candidate.
Although each mayoral candidate has a council slate, the council candidates will not be taking part in the debate.
The winner of the primary will have to face off against Democrat Jonathan Petro in November. His council candidates are Michele Williams, Karin K. Sage, and Drew Boyle.
The debate will be moderated by Chris Lundy, news editor for the Toms River Times and its web site, JerseyShoreOnline.com.