In Belmar, Pringle will retire

Belmar Mayor Kenneth Pringle will not seek re-election to a sixth term.  Democrats say the leading candidate to replace him is Council President Matthew Doherty, the husband of Democratic strategist Maggie Moran.  Doherty was narrowly re-elected last year, defeating Republican James Bean by just eighteen votes.  Republicans want Councilman Richard Wright, a retired Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Drexel Burnham Lambert, to run for mayor.

Democrats still list Pringle as a leading candidate for State Senate in 2011, as they prepare for a campaign to unseat Republican incumbent Sean Kean (R-Wall).

In Belmar, Pringle will retire