Dear Editor, 

I’m proud to be a consistent fiscally conservative Republican. I work hard and feel that I know best how my money should be spent. That's why this election, I will not be voting for the Republican incumbents running for Freeholder. The reason is that they betrayed my trust.

Freeholders Lillian Burry and Gary Rich gave $1.2 million of our money to former Republican Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas as part of his "farmland deal" - now Lucas is going to jail on 11 federal convictions. 

A week ago, Freeholder Rich said the Freeholders deserve a raise. Fair enough, but that they should "get paid 5 times as much" is a bit much for me.

This is why I’m voting for 2 Democrats: Larry Luttrell and Joe Grillo for Freeholder this year. I'm happy to vote for two successful business owners. When you are responsible for the financial well being of both your family and your employees, you can't be anything but a fiscal watchdog. 

I feel that Joe and his running mate Larry Luttrell will make sure our tax dollars are not wasted on sweetheart farm deals. 

I’m voting for Larry Luttrell and Joe Grillo for Monmouth County Freeholder and you should too. This November 4th, let's remind our elected officials that they work for us or they're fired.


Joe Pepe

Asbury Park