PEAPACK-GLADSTONE, NJ - Councilman Roy Smith has already announced that he will run for re-election to the Peapack-Gladstone Borough Council. The question on the minds of many observers is whether Council President Anthony Suriano will run for re-election.
Suriano's record in local elections suggests that his presence on a ticket in either a Republican primary or in a general election would all but insure victory for himself, and perhaps his entire ticket. In 2008, Suriano was the top vote-getter in a three-way Republican primary against incumbent Doug McDowell and then-Republican Chair Bob Sutton. Three years later, in 2011, 82 per cent of borough voters voted for Suriano, and he was again a top vote-getter in a three-way general election against Bill Muller and Doug McDowell.
With Suriano and Smith, the Republicans might feel like they have a very strong ticket.
He has served as Borough Council President since January 2013 when he won a rare contest for the position over former Councilman John Sweeney.
Suriano is a long-time resident of the twin borough. He lives in the Gladstone House with his wife, Virginia. The couple have two grown children, Justin and Jaclyn. He is an orthodontist with advanced degrees from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and a long-standing professional partnership that operates four offices in New Jersey.
In addition to serving as Borough Council President, he serves as Finance Chairman. Before his election to the borough council, he served on the Land Use Board, including a stint as its chair.
The first step toward re-election would be Peapack-Gladstone Republican Committee meeting on March 27 to interview prospective candidates for election to the Borough Council. The Republican primary election will be held on June 6. The winners of the Republican primary will face any independents or Democrats in the general election.