The Atlantic Highlands Herald invited each of the candidates for office to school boards and governing bodies in Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Middletown and Sea Bright to respond to a series of questions about themselves to better inform our readers about their campaigns. The deadline for submission is Friday, October 22. We will post their responses individually and make them available in our Politics Section.


November 2, 2021 – General Election

Profile Date: 10/22/21

Candidate Name: Zachary Brown

Age (as of Election Day): 32

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Jackson Pines and Cranston Dean in residency at Langosta Lounge in Asbury Park
Jackson Pines and Cranston Dean at Langosta

Position Sought (term): Borough Council (3 years)

Party Affiliation or Banner: Independent


Education: BA, Psychology Syracuse 2011

Occupation: Financial Advisor

Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office: None

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Why are you seeking office?

I am seeking office to “Bring Back Balance” to our small shore town. Too often we forget that there is more that unites us than divides us. We are a small town. We are neighbors. We share this community, the beaches, the trees, it belongs to all of us, and if we work together, there is nothing we can’t accomplish.

The two most important issue facing our (board, district, council, committee etc.) are _______, and ______, and this is what I intend to do about it.

The future of our First Aid Squad and the protection of our environment are the two most important issues facing the borough council going forward. As a member of our First Aid Squad, I am already working on solutions to help ensure a reliable rapid response from our town EMS. From bringing in new members, to giving the existing members the tools they need to succeed, I know that as a member of the Atlantic Highlands council, we will take swift and decisive action to ensure the residents of our town feel safe when they have a medical emergency. As a shore community, we face unique challenges associated with climate change, including severe storms that threaten our electrical grid on a regular basis. We need to work with county and state officials as well as the corporation providing our electricity to stabilize our energy grid.

Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.

Our campaign slogan is “Bring Back Balance” because we believe that when we are fortunate enough to be elected, our status as Independents will bring a balance to the council. There will be 2 Democrats, 2 Republicans, and 2 Independents, and to form a majority, 2 of those 3 groups will have to work together to get things accomplished, and that seems more likely to happen than either of the 2 major parties conceding anything to the other.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?

I have a lifetime of community service, from volunteering at a local nature center in the town where I grew up, to the large-scale community service project I organized to achieve my rank of Eagle Scout. I will continue to follow those ideals of service over self, and work for the people of our town using those ideals as guidance when facing tough decisions.

What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?

I am independent, and not just in name. I will pursue causes I believe to be in the best interest of the town, not in the interest of some special interest, or national political party. I believe my running mate Morgan Spicer and I are the best candidates for this position, and we hope the voters of Atlantic Highlands will support our campaign.

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