BELMAR, NJ — Meet the three candidates vying for a seat on the Belmar Council during a virtual forum on Wednesday, October 7, presented by the League of Women Voters of Southern Monmouth County.

The 1¼-hour event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom, will feature Democratic incumbent Thomas Brennan, Republican newcomer Jodi Kinney and independent challenger Gerald Buccafusco. They are on the November 3 ballot seeking to fill a three-year seat on the council.

Brennan, the only Democrat on the GOP-controlled governing body, is up for re-election to his third term. For the past two years, he has served as council president. The 28-year borough resident retired as a music instructor and band leader at Belmar Elementary School after 18 years in that post. He currently is a performing musician.

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Kinney is a chiropractor with locations in Belmar and Jackson. She has been a Belmar resident for 26 years.

Buccafusco, an attorney, retired in 2013 after serving a total of 23 years with the Superior Court of New Jersey, Hudson Vicinage — the last three years as assistant trial court administrator. After being a summer resident for 60 years, he made Belmar his full-time home in 2014.

“The league has found that the candidate forums are a popular and important way for voters to see and hear from the candidates themselves,” said Peggy Dellinger, co-president of LWV of Monmouth County.

The league is a nonpartisan organization with an established record for fair and informative forums, which are led by LWV-trained moderators from outside a voting area. Click here for more information on the Southern Monmouth County chapter.

The event is also being sponsored by Belmar Braver Angels (BBA), formerly Belmar Better Angels, and TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como is serving as its media sponsor.

“We encourage you to participate in the forum and hope it will give you the information you need to make an informed decision on your voting choice for our local leadership,” said Donna Falk of Belmar Braver Angels, which bills itself as a group of Democrat and Republican residents working together for the betterment of Belmar.

Since the event is not a debate, the candidates will be answering the same questions — based on submissions by the public — and will be given the same amount of time to answer them. Members the public can submit their questions in advance when they register for the forum. All questions will be grouped by topic and the most frequently asked topics will be asked in random order.

Questions can also be emailed to lwv2020forum@gmail.com, using "Belmar Borough Council" in the subject line.

Registration is limited to 500 attendees, who will receive instructions on participating in the remote event once they sign up. To register and submit questions, click here.

Following the forum, a video will be available to the public. 

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