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Two Fill Vacancies on Toms River Council

Al Manforti and Jeffrey Carr sworn in to council seats after council interviews

Two vacant seats on the Toms River Township Council are now filled: former at-large interim councilman Alfonso Manforti will serve Ward 4 and local engineer Jeffrey Carr will serve Ward 3.

The two men were selected after the Toms River Council interviewed five individuals nominated for the two respective seats by the township Republican club.

Carr, who has lived in Toms River for about 30 years, said he was motivated to seek the Ward 3 spot to better serve a township he loves.

"I have two children, and now a grandson, who all live in town," he said. "This is our home, and I just wanted to make sure it was the best home it could be."

He said he hopes the council spot will be a chance to do that, to "keep Toms River great, to maintain all the things about it that make it a great place to live."

Carr said that in his engineering career, he's worked on and with government agencies such as the state Department of Environmental Protection, and hopes to use some of those experiences.

who also grew up in Toms River and has a chiropractice practice on Lakehurst Road, previously served on the council for a portion of 2011, to fill the vacancy left by Melanie Donohue-Appleby.

A special election will be held this November for the spots that and Carr now hold.

Their vacancies were created by election to state Assembly and to Maurice "Mo" Hill's move from the Ward 3 seat to the at-large seat won in the Nov. 2011 election.

Martin January 25, 2012 at 11:53 AM
So how many Repub councilmen's seats in all will be at stake in November?
Catherine Galioto (Editor) January 25, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Two in a November special election: Wards 3, 4. The winners will serve until the term expires, when all four ward spots are up in Nov. 2013.
Paul Brush January 25, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Catherine - what's going on with the ward redistricting? The lines will move for sure and the deadline is coming up for candidates to file for November. Since they have to live in the ward in which they run for election, the redistricting committee should have finalized the four new wards by now.
kelly January 25, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Correction: Jeff Carr has a new GRANDSON, not grandaughter.
Maryanne January 25, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Congratulations to both Jeff Carr and Al Manforti. I have no doubt they will each serve Toms River Township well.
Catherine Galioto (Editor) January 25, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Thanks, you are correct, and it's updated.
Tired of the status quo January 26, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Where were Jeff Carr and Al Manforti before they were appointed to the Council? Yes, I do know that Al Manforti was on the Council to full fill the spot vacated by Melanie Donahue-Applebee but, where was he before then? An, who are these people politically connected to?
Martin January 26, 2012 at 01:31 AM
They're connected to the Republican Club, so that means they're automatically "qualified."

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