Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Guadagno has reconsidered her plans and will run for Monmouth County Sheriff instead of the State Assembly. The Monmouth Beach Commissioner, who comes from a powerful political family, had said earlier this week that she wanted to remain in the race for the Legislature.
Monmouth Republicans, defending their majority on the Board of Freeholders, have been searching for a strong Sheriff candidate since Joseph Oxley unexpectedly announced his retirement earlier this month.
Sources say that Guadagno had been the first choice of Assembly Republicans to run for one of the two open seats in the increasingly competitive eleventh district, viewing her as a quality candidate with the potential to make a strong contribution in the GOP caucus.
Guadagno, now the front-runner, must first win a the Monmouth GOP convention — if other candidates now in the race remain.
With Guadagno out of the race, Republicans must pick two candidates to replace Sean Kean (who is running for Senate) and Steven Corodemus (who is retiring). The leading contenders appear to be former Wall PBA President David Rible and Mary Pat Angelini, who runs a well-known non-profit drug prevention organization, Prevention First. Neptune Committeeman Thomas Catley is also running, while a party screening committee has eliminated Ocean Township Mayor William Larkin from consideration.
Democrats have not yet selected their candidates.