Manalapan: Three may run for commission seats

    Three residents of Point Manalapan have received campaign packets from the town clerk and could compete for two of the three open Town Commission seats in the March 11 municipal election.

    The potential candidates include: Kelly Gottlieb, who served as Manalapan’s first female mayor from 2010-11; Keith Waters, chairman of the Zoning Commission; and Ronald Barsanti, a member of the Architectural Commission.

    The town’s charter sets neighborhood residency requirements for some races and designates commission seats as coastal, point or at-large. 

    The three point residents could challenge incumbent Commissioner Howard Roder for his point seat, or incumbent John Murphy for his at-large seat. The ocean seat held by Commissioner Louis DeStefano is also up in the March election.

    The potential candidates have until Feb. 11 at noon to complete their paperwork and formally enter the race. Town commissioners serve two-year terms.

                      —Dan Moffett

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