BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Candidates running for office — whether it's on a municipal, county or statewide level — can make their positions known on TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como. Here's how:

Candidate Statements

Each candidate can submit a maximum of one statement per week (including photos) from up through the week before Election Day. Publication of candidate statements is at the sole discretion of the editor.

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Statements must be factually accurate and not defamatory. Should there be questions as to the factual accuracy of a statement, the candidate will be asked to provide documentation for their claims. Should they fail to do so, the statement will not be published until the candidate revises the statement accordingly. Similarly, should a statement be deemed factually inaccurate or defamatory it will not be published and the candidate will have the option to revise their statement accordingly.

 If a statement is published and later is alleged to be factually inaccurate, the statement will be temporarily removed from the site and the candidate will be asked to provide documentation for their claims  Should they do so, the statement will be republished.  Should they fail to do so, they can revise their statement accordingly or it will remain unpublished. Statements should be submitted on the site directly. It’s easy, quick and free.

If you have not done so already, sign up for an account on the site. Once you're signed in, click on Submit Content and select Articles. Choose Candidate Statements from the Category drop-down menu.

No statements will be published from the Sunday before Election Day through Election Day.

Letters to the Editor

Anyone can submit letters to the editor regarding a candidate at any time up until the day before Election Day. Publication  is at the sole discretion of the editor.They must be factually accurate and not defamatory.They must not be anonymous.The letter writer must submit their phone number with their letter.The phone number will not be published; it will be used for verification purposes.Should the letter be deemed inaccurate or defamatory, the letter will not be published and the letter writer will be offered the opportunity to either provide documentation for their claims or to revise their letter accordingly. Letters should be submitted directly on the site


Candidates are welcome to advertise on TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como, with various advertising packages offered for placement that is seen by readers of the online newspaper 24/7, seven days a week. And TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como is hyperlocal, which means it publishes objective news about both municipalities as it happens.

For more information on submission of candidates' statements, letters to the editor or candidate advertising, email Cathy Goetz, editor and publisher, at

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