Holmdel Republican Chairwoman Marcy McMullen announced today that two-term Township Committeeman Dr. Rocco Pascucci had withdrawn his candidacy for Township Committee.
McMullen said Pascucci would be replaced on the ballot by Greg Buontempo, vice-chairman of the Township Planning Board .
“Rocco has been a passionate advocate for fiscal responsibility and preserving the character of Holmdel,” said McMullen. “I’m sure I join many others in thanking him for his service to the Township and wishing him Godspeed in his future endeavors.”
McMullen said that in his withdrawal letter, Pascucci said his office will spend the next year transitioning to an electronic record-keeping system required by recent federal health care reforms, which would take up much of his time and not allow him to serve the Township in the manner he would like.
“If you know Rocco, you know he doesn’t do anything halfway,” said McMullen.
McMullen called Buontempo an impressive candidate. “Greg is a smart, successful guy and a real go-getter. He shares the Holmdel Republican commitment to keeping the budget under control and preserving the character of Holmdel. When there’s work to be done, he’s the kind of guy who rolls up his sleeves and jumps in. I think when voters get to know him they’re going to be impressed.”