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Two Vacancies Expected on Township Council

Toms River Republican Club will nominate successors to fill spots of Councilmen McGuckin and Hill

The council may enter 2012 with two vacancies to be filled by the Toms River Republican Club.

Coming out of the , Ward 3 Councilman won a seat as the at-large councilman. Councilman was elected to the District 10 Assembly seat.

Both will vacate their current township council spots before being sworn in to their respective new seats.

Hill isn’t going anywhere, just moving into the council seat on the council, which is one that speaks to town-wide issues as opposed to representing a particular ward’s voice on the council.

Neither councilman has submitted their resignation, but there’s no rush to do so.

“There is no specific time Greg or Mo has to resign, other than this: they must resign before they are sworn into their new office,” said Toms River Township Clerk Mark Mutter.

For Hill, the swearing in to the at-large council seat would come during the township re-organization meeting in January. The date of the meeting has yet to be scheduled, Mutter said.

For , the state Assembly organizes on Jan. 10, 2012.

The vacant council seat would be filled by the two councilmen’s political party. That’s the Toms River Regular Republican Club, as both men are republicans.

The Republican club would come forward with nominations, and the council would interview them before approving them to serve the year out.

The seats would be in the hands of voters for a November 2012 election.

Mutter said state law details the procedure on local vacancies for elected officials.

“The New Jersey Vacancy Law has a procedure established for this: Within 15 days after the occurrence of a vacancy, the municipal committee of the official's political party shall present to the governing body the names of three nominees for the selection of a successor to fill the vacancy,” Mutter said.

The council has 30 days from the vacancy to appoint one of the nominees to serve as a successor.

The process was used this year already, after Councilwoman was chosen for a Superior Court judgeship. i was appointed to take her seat on the council.

Therefore, that seat and the two others would be in the hands of voters come November 2012.

So would the seats of Councilwoman Maria Maruca and Council Vice President Brian Kubiel. Both Maruca’s and Kubiel’s terms are expiring Dec. 31, 2012.

Mac November 16, 2011 at 03:48 PM
It doesn't matter who the Republicans appoint to replace these two. In the next election they will run as incumbents (like you ever voted them in the first time) and you will reelect them like you have been doing for the past 50 or 60 years (even if one or both die before the election.) The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Tired of the status quo November 17, 2011 at 01:13 AM
Where are all of you at a Council Meeting? You do a real good job hammering people here on this site. Oh, that's right you could not pull yourself away from the computer screen long enough to see what is really going on. If there were more people at these meetings then these people would realize that the residents are REALLY fed up with all of the dirty dealings that go on behind closed doors. And that goes for BOTH the Dems and the Repubs!!!!!! Perhaps if the Democrats ran someone other than Paul Brush they might have stood a chance at winning something!
Martin November 17, 2011 at 01:28 AM
5 council seats will be up for grabs in 2012, when the national election will attract more voters to the polls. If TR taxpayers have had enough, good candidates and a good turn-out could finally Get Rid of Incumbent Politicians (GRIP) next November.
Mac November 17, 2011 at 01:41 AM
How does going to a council meeting change a lifetime of county politics? You don't get to choose party candidates. You only get to select which ones will hold office. Without the computer screens, how does the public share concerns and whatever beyond their circle of friends? Arguing/debating politics at a township meeting is seldom allowed, as it should be. The only message elected leaders receive on dirty dealings behind closed doors in this area is what kind of job they are going to get when the people finally do get fed up and elect someone else. In Ocean County, most elected officials can expect to serve as long as they care too. It's a voter's thing.
Granted November 17, 2011 at 08:57 PM
Martin, you need to get a GRIP. First of all only TWO council seats are up in 2012. Ward 3 and 4. In 2013 all four Wards are up only, not the at large they just won. So in 2013 there will be the 4 wards up. If you did not notice your guy Brush and company got trounced, so how did the Ciba Giegy,Camp Alabiondo, Open space and MUA diatribe work out for him? Also, next year in a Presidential election year and the R's will really sweeep here in Ocean County cause you know how popular Obama is here in Ocean County? NOT!

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