Michele Rosen is a political veteran who started out in politics as a 14-year-old volunteer for John F. Kennedy. She was elected to the Toms River Township Committee in 1977, and won a seat on the Barnegat Township Charter Study Commission in 2004. Now she’s running for State Assembly, mounting an uphill battle as a Democrat in the heavily Republican 9th district. She probably won’t win, but she’s impressed Democrats by receiving endorsements from the Asbury Park Press and the Press of Atlantic City.
And so far, Republicans are unimpressed by the person who will likely win that race: Ocean Township Mayor Daniel Van Pelt. Van Pelt is the GOP candidate to succeed Christopher Connors, who is running for State Senator. Van Pelt has seemingly under whelmed editorial boards. He told the Asbury Park Press that he would not resign as Mayor if he wins the Assembly seat, and may also keep his day job as Lumberton Administrator. “Van Pelt was the only Republican legislative candidate to have met with the Press editorial board who was unable to discuss the details of his party’s nine-point campaign platform. He hadn’t read it,” the APP editorial said.