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4 Will Seek 3 Open Township Council Seats

Petitions were due to township clerk's office by Sept. 4

The petitions are in — four candidates will compete for the three available Manchester Township Council seats this November. 

Completed petitions were due to the the clerk's office by Sept. 4 and a determination of candidacy was to be completed by Sept. 8. Clerk Sabina Skibo said Wednesday that the three "Continued Good Government" candidates, plus one more resident successfully submitted their petitions to appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. 

The candidates are: William N. Peck of Hannibal Street in the township's Pine Lake Park section; James A. Vaccaro, Sr., who lives on Gabriella Circle in the Renaissance Community; Samuel F. Fusaro, Jr. a Holly Oaks resident living on Brandon Road; and Charles L. Frattini, Sr., who resides on Chatham Lane in Leisure Village West.

The latter three candidates are running under the "Continued Good Government" banner and . Manchester Patch will provide more information on all candidates in the coming weeks. 

Fusaro, who previously served on the council from 1990 to 2006, is finishing the term of retired council member Kenneth Vanderziel. Current council members Warren Reiter, who has served since 2008, and Frederick Trutkoff, a member since 2004, . 

Though residents from many municipalities throughout the state — including Lakehurst— voted in primary elections earlier in June, that process is unnecessary in Manchester since the government has operated without political affiliations since 1990 following a corruption scandal.

Manchester residents voted last November . With that change, the New Jersey Division of Elections states that Sept. 4 is the deadline for nonpartisan candidates to file to be voted on in the November general election. The terms of Manchester's elected officials set to expire in July 2012 were extended six months, through December, to accommodate the election date change.

Clerk Sabina Skibo said that she will verify the signatures submitted by each prospective candidate and will have the determination of candidacy completed by Saturday, Sept. 8.

WhtgJohn September 22, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Mayor Mike, as Don calls him, wasn't mayor back at the time. Jane B. Cameron was Mayor of Manchester at the time. I believe she also was part of Stop Tax Oppression Properly, the group that formed to overthrow what they believed was a corrupt government in Manchester. The corruption, as investigated by the State of New Jersey, dates back to before 1990. It is now over 22-years later. So let it go already. Saying 'Mayor Mike' RESCUED Manchester is just wrong! The facts just do not support that assertion by Mr. Gottwerth. However, I am sure 'Mayor Mike' appreciates Mr. Gottwerth's support.
Donald J Borst September 23, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Dear WhtgJohn: I am not Don Gottwerth, I am Don Borst. Please submit you responses to the proper parties.
ballyjduf September 23, 2012 at 07:36 PM
MIKEY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT , GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT . THIS HAPPENED IN 1990 . The 58-year-old publisher of The Advance News, a weekly newspaper in Manchester, faces a five-year prison term and a fine of up to $100,000 when Judge Peter J. Giovine of Superior Court sentences him on April 29. Mr. Varelli, along with three former mayors and six former top Manchester officials, was accused of taking part in embezzling $2.25 million from township funds from 1983 to 1990, when a new government took over the township following a taxpayers' revolt there. The ousted Mayor, Ralph Rizzolo, was seen by police carrying municipal records to the Ocean County landfill on his last day of office.
Don Gottwerth September 23, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Who was it, then, that fled to Maine where he died and was not brought back here? Mr. Borelli was owner of the Manchester Times, no? I'm going back to sheets I was handed out years ago of the story and history of the calamity. Maybe Mayor Mike could come on and correct the story. My mother-in-law was here when doors were knocked on in Village 2 to collect a sur-charge to make up for the loss.
Donald J Borst September 26, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Will the persons who are responding to Don Gottwerth cease sending their comments to Don Borst. You should know that there are more people named Don on Manchester Patch than me. THANK YOU

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