There is an opportunity for registered voters in Asbury Park to run for City Council in the General Election on November 5. Petitions are due to the City Clerk by August 22nd at 4pm.

Those interested in running can pick up a packet at the City Clerk’s office located at 1 Municipal Plaza in Asbury Park. The packet contains a copy of a Candidate Affidavit certifying that the petitioner is qualified to run for office in the City of Asbury Park, as well as a Petition Endorsing for Nomination Candidate for Municipal Council City of Asbury Park, New Jersey.

In order to run for office, candidates must garner endorsements of a certain number of registered voters in the city. The petition the endorsers sign certifies that they know “this candidate to be a qualified voter of the City of Asbury Park and a person of good moral character and qualified in my judgment to perform the duties of such office.”

According to Lisa Esposito, the City Clerk, the number of petitions required is approximately 100. “I suggest candidates go over that amount,” she said, to ensure that they will be placed on the ballot. “If an endorser is not a registered voter, or has signed more than three petitions, that petition will be disqualified,” she explained.

The number of needed petitions is based on a percentage of voters who voted in the last election.

On November 8, 2022, 3,376 ballots were cast, 35% of registered voters in the City. Asbury Park underperformed in comparison to the 47% average in Monmouth County.

Unlike 2022, this year is a Presidential Election year, which will likely increase the percentage of voters.

Currently, the seats are held by Eileen Chapman, Yvonne Clayton and Amy Quinn who have announced their intention run for reelection.

Lisa Esposito, the City Clerk, can be reached at (732) 502-5718.

Kerry Margaret Butch is a founding member of the Asbury Park Reporter. Throughout her career, she worked to increase grassroots input in local public policy. She served as the Executive Director of both the Asbury Park Consortium and the League of Women Voters of New Jersey. Notably, she produced the documentaries entitled, “Greetings from Asbury Park,” shown throughout the country and on PBS, and “Storming for the Vote: Hurricane Sandy and the Election.”

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