Eatontown – One Democrat and one Republican are seeking a four-year term for mayor in Eatontown.

Current Democratic Mayor Anthony Talerico Jr. and Republican contender Mark Reagan Sr. The mayor will face a four-year term.

Voting takes place by mail vote and with early in-person voting that will last until November 6. Election day is November 8.

Reagan, who is the father Current council member Mark Reagan Jr., is a former member of the District Council.

A resident of Eatonton since 2002, he is also a former member of the Etontown Public Schools Board of Education, and is currently a member of the Eaton Town Planning Board and the Eaton Town Environmental Committee.

“Since Mayor Talerico took office, I have consistently heard that he ‘does not do a bad job,’” Reagan said. “However, under Mayor Talerico, democratic control of the council has cost us many of the city’s longest-running employees, including three business executives. and allowed the political turmoil to fester.

He continued, “Mayor Talerico, being a former Democrat, has switched to being independent and is now a new Democrat, and he has no firm base on which to rely.” “Fortunately, the Republican leadership has stabilized the podium and Borough Hall, but why should we satisfy a ‘not bad’ mayor when we should strive and expect the best?”

Professionally, Regan is a freelance graphic designer who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Design from Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania.

“Having owned my own business for three decades and with many years of service to the community, I have the knowledge, understanding, and attitude required to serve as a mayor,” he said. “Moreover, the relationships you have built with neighboring communities will help us secure strong shared services agreements that will help ease the tax burden felt by residents and improve services on the sidewalk across town.”

If elected, Reagan said he would address issues of taxation and emergency services.

“Like many Eatonton residents, I am concerned about the financial toll that mayor’s emotional projects are costing taxpayers,” Reagan said. “In the face of economic uncertainty and multiple potential redevelopment projects, we must control capital expenditures and focus on maintaining a stable tax base, pursuing responsible development efforts and keeping Eatontown affordable while continuing to provide first-class services.

“Plus, our emergency services personnel need our support more than ever,” he continued. “Faced with a shortage of volunteers, we must seriously consider ways forward to prevent longer response times for those in need, and ensure residents receive the quality level of care they deserve.”

Talerico, who previously held The mayor’s office as an independent, has served as the mayor since 2019. He previously served on the District Council for nine years and was the Council’s Chairman for four years.

Talerico also works for the Economic Redevelopment Authority at Fort Monmouth as Vice President.

“I love and enjoy working as a mayor,” Tallerico said. “I try to bring new energy to every event, meeting and project. Because of my years of service and the number of groups I come into contact with, I bring stability and continuity to the governing body.

“During my tenure, I have been firmly committed to providing frequent updates to residents on major issues across the city,” he continued. With the decline of print media, Facebook has been used extensively to respond to residents’ inquiries and to post about city events.

“I am very proud to connect with the community and try to make the government friendly. I have hosted many meetings (meetings) and provide opportunities for people to come together and share their ideas.

lifelong resident From Eatontown, Talerico has worked professionally as a certified public accountant and owns a consulting firm. He is currently a registered nurse and works on the oncology floor of a nearby hospital.

“My education and practice in accounting, consulting, and fraud investigations gave me a solid background for examining budgets and planning long-term projects for the city,” he said. I’ve spent a great deal of time researching grant funding to offset taxpayer expenses. So far, it has helped bring nearly $3 million to the city over the course of four years.

“Working as a nurse requires the ability to multitask, set priorities, and work with many different people to achieve a goal, all of the skills required to succeed as a leader in government,” Talerico continued. “Also, I have met many Eatonton residents as patients from a wide cross-section of the community. It is rewarding to be able to care for my community both in the office and as a nurse.”

If re-elected, Tallerico said he would address the issues of the redevelopment of Monmouth Mall and housing development in the Howard Commons section of Fort Monmouth.

“It’s no secret that the mall needs redevelopment,” Tallerico said. “I am proud to have been paid to declare the mall as an area in need of redevelopment. This opens up many possibilities to work with the owner and revitalize the struggling mall. The mall is our biggest taxpayer and is resuming six years of tax return.

“We literally cannot afford to fail the mall,” he said. Nor can we afford tax breaks for them. Any rumor that they will get a tax break is completely false.”

“For Fort Monmouth, Howard Commons finally has a development plan and it will be in our neighborhood
Planning board soon. There is currently a 300-acre plot of land to bid on Main Post, with approximately 160 acres in Eaton Town.

“Although the winning bidder has not been publicly announced, I am very excited about Eatontown and am very confident that once it is announced, so will the city,” Tallerico said. “We have a tremendous opportunity ahead of us and I would be proud to be the mayor leading us through it.”

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