WALL, NJ — Former Wall Mayor Edward “Ned” Thomson is the new assemblyman for the 30th Legislative District, replacing David Rible who left the post to become director of the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).

Thomson was tapped on August 15 during a special election of the district’s Republican Party County Committee to complete Rible’s term, and he will run for the seat on the GOP ticket in the November 7 general election.

In a statement by Monmouth County Republican Chairman Shaun Golden, Thomson was thanked “for his willingness to take on the rigors of being a legislator, as well as the demanding community and political commitments the job requires. Ned doesn’t need to do this. I wholeheartedly welcome him to our leadership team.”

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Since the 30th District represents municipalities in Ocean and Monmouth counties, including Belmar and Lake Como, Golden said that he and Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore “worked very well together in putting together a rare dual-county convention,” and that it “did not devolve into an intra-county rivalry.”

Golden also credited fellow 30th District Assemblyman Sean Kean, who endorsed Thomson among a slate of hopefuls, for playing a vital role in this process. "His wisdom in vetting the candidates was tremendously important. Sean and Ned will make a great team in Trenton and in providing outstanding constituent service to the people of LD 30.”

With 154 delegates voting in the special election held at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 400 headquarters in Wall, Thomson received 83 votes to 53 votes tallied for Lakewood Municipal Utility Authority Executive Director Justin Flancbaum and 18 votes for former Belmar Councilman Jim Bean.

Thomas has more than 20 years of public service to Wall as a mayor, township committeeman, planning and zoning board member, and GOP county committeeman. He also has spent 22 years as a trustee of the N.J. Public Employees Retirement System and a member of the state’s Actuarial Selection Committee.

President of E.H. Thomson and Co., a Sea Girt-based actuarial services firm, he is a certified continuing education provider for the N.J. Department of Insurance and Banking’s Board of Accountancy.

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