RED BANK, NJ: The issue of changing the borough’s political form of government to holding non-partisan elections has been talked about for a number of years. 

Simply stated, a non-partisan election is when candidates run without party affiliation.  

“Our first overall recommendation is that Red Bank address its form of government,” was made in a scathing 2018 Management Enhancement Reviewpdf report by the consulting firm Government Strategy Group.

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On Tuesday, October 13, TAPinto Red Bank sent a request via email to the mayor and all council members asking them to, “…respond to one question: “What is your position on the borough of Red Bank switching to a non-partisan election system?”

It was asked that they respond by Sunday, October 18.

A follow up “reminder” email was sent on Friday, October 16.

Here are the following replies received:

Councilman Michael Ballard: No response

Councilwoman Kathleen Horgan: No response

Mayor Pasquel “Pat" Menna: No response

Councilwoman Kate Triggiano: “I have major concerns considering nonpartisan elections.  In neighboring municipalities and across the country, nonpartisan elections are still steeped partisanship and record level spending on political races.  Holding non-partisan races often cloaks a system that has had little actual change, with the parties funding and fueling “nonpartisan” campaigns.  Instead of making an election focused on issues, it can have the undesired effect of creating less transparency for residents.  These concerns should be taken into consideration in any future study.”

Councilman Hazim Yassin: No response

Councilman Erik Yngstrom: No response

Councilman Ed Zipprich: No response

Councilmen Ballard and Zipprich are up for re-election this year and running uncontested.

"Our borough form of government is broken. This was abundantly clear when the borough management report came out two years ago essentially telling us that we needed to change our form of government.  What did the mayor and council do? They did nothing and sat on the top recommendation of the report to consider changing the form of government in Red Bank.

So instead of having a democracy in Red Bank, we have a broken system where you have no choice in who is running your town. That needs to change.

The way to change this system is to convert Red Bank to a modern non-partisan form of government," said Red Bank resident Scott Broschart who launched the Red Bank First website several months ago asking residents to sign a petition in favor of holding non-partisan elections.

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