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Current Councilmen Seek One-Year Terms; Dem Challenger Seeks Ward 4 Spot

Toms River council has special election for November ballot for unexpired terms

With months left to have a write-in candidate on the ballot, November's election for two Toms River Council seats features two current and a Democratic challenger in the race.

The unexpired terms are for the seats held by appointed councilmen Alfonso Manforti Jr. and Jeffrey J. Carr, both of whom are seeking election.

Manforti, the current Ward 4 councilman, previously served on the council filling the vacancy of Councilwoman Melanie Donohue-Appleby last year. He is now appointed in the spot that state Assemblymen Gregory McGuckin held.

Manforti, of Lakehurst Road, is the Regular Republican Organization of Ocean County candidate for Ward 4, which is the downtown area of Toms River.

A chiropractor in Toms River, Manforti, previously served on the Toms River Municipal Utilities Authority and as the president of the Toms River Republican club.

Eli L. Eytan, of Tennyson Avenue, is the Ward 4 Democratic challenger, nominated by the Official Regular Democratic Organization.

Eytan, an attorney in Toms River, previously ran for the District 10 assembly seat in .

In Ward 3, the Republican candidate is Carr, who is currently appointed to that ward seat after Councilman Maurice "Mo" Hill won the at-large council seat in November.

Carr, of Constitution Avenue, works as an engineer. Ward 3 is the northwest portion of Toms River.

The Democrats have no Ward 3 candidate entered for the primary deadline, but Club President Nels Luthman said write-ins may still impact the race.

"We may throw our support behind an independent candidate," Luthman said. The deadline for independents and write-ins to make the November ballot is June 5.

The two seats are for a one-year unexpired term each.

Dante April 03, 2012 at 08:51 PM
LMAO, How pathetic is the local Toms RIver Dem org ? They cannot even muster up a candidate to run in Ward 3. Is this Nel's guy for real or what? So it looks like Ward 3 is unopposed and this Lutman guy is saying write-in's will matter. No wonder the Democrat org in Toms River is a joke. This Etan guy has lost a bunch of times already. Hey how bout you guy's run Brush again or his running mate Michelle Rosen?
Robert Bressman April 04, 2012 at 01:25 PM
First , you would have a better chance to win as an independent than a Democrat, it's not pathetic as it seems, it is just they way this town is. You could be a dog catcher with no qualifications and be nominated by the Republican club and you would win. What did Mo Hill do for ward 3, the answer is nothing, he is just an empty suit, yet he got elected every time, is it the democrats fault or is the voters fault? Think about it.
Jean September 21, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Ward 4 is republican dominant which means same old same with Etan u will get HONEST change. Give him a chance . At least he will only collect one pay check from one town (toms river) unlike his opponent (toms river and Brick) two full-time paychecks check it out! Honest change is what we need.

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