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HOLMDEL, NJ - A longstanding non-profit organization in town, CILU, hosted a successful candidate discussion on Monday in order to better inform the community for election day. Included were candidates for the Holmdel Township Committee as well as the Holmdel Board of Education. You can watch the video here and listen to answers on open space, COVID, Taxes, Fire safety and more: 

One of the key organization principals from years ago when CILU formed regarded the high priority on the preservation of open space and farmland. It was no surprise, then, that the first question related directly to that issue.

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"What is your commitment to open space preservation in Holmdel?" asked CILU co-host Regina Criscione.

'That's why we moved here." said candidate Mike Jenkins. "I think its paramount." said DJ Luccarelli. Joe Romano echoed the comments from the other candidates. Said Romano, "We gotta do what we can to protect it. We gotta do what we can to add to it. I'm all for it." Greg Buontempo said "There is probably not a day that would go by right not that we are not trying to figure out how to preserve the remaining open space that we have.  We are fortunate to have organizations (CILU, Monmouth Conservation Foundation) that are actively trying to help this town continue in the fashion that we have done.

The discussions were mostly cordial and agreement abounded between the candidates regardless of political affiliation.

After the municipal candidates spoke, CILU hosted commentary from the candidates running for the Holmdel Board of Education. They are Eileen Briamonte, Peter Reddy, Linda Zhang and Irfan Lateef.