ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – The Republican municipal county committee in this small municipality met Monday to hear from two long-term councilmembers who have expressed interest in running this fall for the seat being vacated by Mayor Fred Rast III.
Councilman John C. “Jack” Archibald, Jr. (R), entering his 7th 3-year term in office and Councilman F. Louis Fligor (R), in his 14th year on council, both are interested in running for Mayor.
The municipal county committee, a group of 8 people, voted Monday on the mayoral candidate for the party line. It ended in a tie vote between Archibald and Fligor. The decision now seems to be with County Republican Chairman Shaun Golden as to which man will get the Regular Republican party line on the ballot. Chairman Golden has not returned calls or email requesting comment.
Prior to the vote Monday, Municipal Republican Chairwoman Jane Frotton said “I have the final say on who gets the Republican line.” On Tuesday, however, she was suggesting both candidates meet with the county chairman to discuss their candidacies. She said, “I want the process to be transparent.”
The Republican municipal county committee is comprised of one man and one woman in each of the 4 voting districts in Atlantic Highlands. Voting for district 1 is Jane Frotton and Al Thomson; in district 2 is Wilbur Bishoff and Kim Spatola; in district 3 is Louis and Cindy Fligor; and in district 4 is Shelly Kennedy and Jack Archibald.
Nothing in the local process prohibits elected officials, or candidates from participating as a voting member of the municipal county committee. Archibald and Fligor were able to vote for themselves as candidates for Mayor.
Most political organizations will identify their candidates for office sometime in April, prior to the June primary.