ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS — Democratic municipal chairman Rhonda C. LeGrice will be running as her party’s candidate for mayor this year while Democratic Councilmen Roy Dellosso and Robert Sutton are seeking re-election..
The slate is running unopposed in the June 2 Democratic primary election.
“I have a more inclusive vision for the future of Atlantic Highlands that welcomes new families and encourages their involvement in their community and local government,” LeGrice said. “Unfortunately, many residents view politics as being too mean-spirited and are reluctant to get involved.
“Too often political patronage has resulted inignoring more qualified persons to fill key positions because they are not of the same party. Perhaps that’s the reason the majority of voters in Atlantic Highlands are registered as non affiliated, outnumbering both Republicans and Democrats. I hope to change that perception by working with all parties to ensure Atlantic Highlands reaches its potential to be so much more. I want the Jewel of the Bayshore to shine even brighter.”
LeGrice, known as Randi, also said: ” I would like to see more affordable housing in our town so that newly hired teachers, police and our adult children can afford to remain living here, and start their own families here. With limited land available, we must address the dangers of not strictly enforcing steep slope regulations for new construction, and insist on clean-ups of contaminated soil.”
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She has lived in the borough since 1989, is a lifelong Democrat and is a Democratic district committeewoman, in addition to being municipal chairman. She succeeded former Mayor Peter E. Donoghue as Democratic leader in February when he stepped down after serving for many years.
During her 32 years as an American Airlines flight attendant, LeGrice was an active member of her union, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA).
LeGrice has been involved in community affairs for many years. She has served as a Cub Scout leader, a member of the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School PTO and the Mothers Club at Christian Brothers Academy.
She is a founding member of the Friends of the Atlantic Highlands Library and is currently its vice president. Since 2005, she has facilitated the Book Lovers Discussion Group for the Friends of the Library.
LeGrice has been a member and volunteer for the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council since its inception in 2005. She heads the hospitality committee for Arts Council’s annual FilmOneFest and has participated in fund-raising events for the festival.
Following Hurricane Sandy, she coordinated the daily food delivery to Highlands for the AH United Methodist Church’s Sandy Relief.
Dellosso has served on the Borough Council for nine years and is its Council president. He most recently was a member of the twin-borough committee which successfully engineered the dissolution of the Atlantic Highlands-Highlands Regional Sewerage Authority. He is also the former chairman of the Council’s finance committee and a past member of the Atlantic Highlands Harbor Commission.
Dellosso, a local resident for 23 years, is also a former member of the Atlantic Highlands Board of Education, having served for 12 years; an Historical Society board member, a former Cub Scout leader, a long-time Little League umpire. He is a local business owner.
He is also a Democratic district committeeman and a former Democratic municipal chairman.
Sutton has also been a borough councilman for nine years and a former Council president. He is the Council’s Public Works Committee chairman and serves on the Fire and Emergency Services Committee, the Police Committee and the Finance Committee.
Sutton, a local resident for 37 years, is also former Planning Board vice chairman and initiated the borough’s recycling program. He is a senior sales representative.