Candidate Statements

November 1, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Election Day is quickly approaching. On November 6, Belmar voters will cast their vote for the positions of mayor and two council members. Our team, Walsifer, Wann and McCracken have, during the course of campaigning, laid out our plan and our vision for Belmar for the next four years ...

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BELMAR, NJ — I believe that I would like to respond to my opponent’s recent political flier to the residents of Belmar concerning an apartment complex development on Main Street. This project never passed council approval to move forward; there has been no developers’ agreement with Belmar nor have ...

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BELMAR, NJ — I would like to respond to the political flier my political opponents mailed to the residents of Belmar on Saturday, October 20. First, let me assure everyone that our beachfront, during the summer, was safely protected by our Belmar Beach Patrol. Coming from a family of ...

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BELMAR, NJ — My parents owned a funeral home in northern New Jersey. It was a family business, and we were very involved in our local community. The municipality, other business owners, schools and many town residents worked very hard and were committed to making our community a great place to ...

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BELMAR, NJ — After being appointed mayor in April, I have enjoyed the variety of tasks that go along with the position. I have been invited to ribbon cuttings, special events, thrown out the first pitch at a Lakewood Blueclaws game (I threw a strike) and performed my first wedding ceremony in ...

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BELMAR, NJ — First and foremost, we need to think smarter and streamline how Belmar conducts its business by upgrading our computer systems to institute online payment and document access: to make it possible to pay property taxes, water and sewer bills, purchase beach badges, apply for ...

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BELMAR, NJ — I believe I am best qualified to be mayor based on my 28 years as a Belmar department head: developing a budget, hiring assistants, purchasing equipment, understanding the process of vouchers and purchase orders, and never having overspent my Recreation Department budget. Also, I ...

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BELMAR, NJ — I am Belmar Councilman Mark Levis. I was appointed to serve on the council in April of this year when Brian Magovern was appointed by the council to serve as mayor. This year I will be running to fill the one year remaining on this term. I was born in Chatham, where in my youth, I ...

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BELMAR, NJ — With my eight years on the Belmar Council, five years as the council president, I believe that I am the best qualified candidate to be Belmar's mayor. The proof of the smooth transition, since I was appointed mayor in April, shows that I work very well with residents, department ...

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BELMAR, NJ — In my view, the mayor's position is like the CEO of a major corporation. The most important job of the mayor and council is to give direction to all of the department heads as to what our vision is for Belmar and how it is to be accomplished. To set goals and objectives that are ...

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BELMAR, NJ — I joined Belmar Historical Commission in 1988 when Mayor Maria Hernandez first planned for a committee to begin preserving the history of Belmar. Several years later, under the tutelage and hard work of Patricia O’Keefe, the commission made great strides in achieving this goal. One ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Hi! I’m Pat Wann, and I’m running for council in Belmar. I’ve lived in Belmar for over 40 years.  My children, Kelly and Barry were raised here, and my daughter and her family still live in town.  In my early years, I was an amateur golfer and participated in exhibitions with such ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Many longtime residents remember the serious problem of geese droppings around the lakes, on our sidewalks, roads and ball fields. Belmar had a resident population of Canada geese living here year round and annually nesting on Silver Lake’s island, which contributed to unhealthy and ...

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BELMAR, NJ — I began enjoying Belmar and the Jersey Shore when I relocated to work for the United Methodist Communities (UMC) in 1995. I bought my first home on Terrace Road in 1996 and now live on Second Avenue. A devoted public servant, I served on the Fredon Township Committee for over seven ...

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BELMAR, NJ — One of my favorite days of the year is Arbor Day and I get to celebrate trees with the children of Belmar! In New Jersey, the last Friday in April is Arbor Day. I plan a school program about trees and what they give to the world. Along with my fellow Shade Tree Commission volunteers ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Hello, my name is Mark Walsifer. I am a Belmar councilman. I was elected in 2016 and started serving my term in January 2017. I am running for mayor of Belmar in the election on November 6. I have been a resident of Belmar since 1967. I am married for 35 years to my wife, Mary. We ...

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BELMAR NJ — Mayor Brian Magovern was first elected to the Belmar Council in 2010 and served as the council president for five years until he was unanimously appointed mayor by the borough council in April 2018.  He is known for his lifetime of service to the town. Brian was born and raised in ...

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