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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.

Silegrle September 06, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Good luck to Mr Peck. You will bring the changes needed to help our community in a positive manner
WhitingBoy September 06, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Don't know William Peck at all; but he has my vote.
Scott Neuman September 06, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I don't know him at all but he has my vote? You have four candidates. Learn who you are voting for. Those running this year will change the profile of the council. Scott Neuman - Candidate for Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders
WhitingBoy September 06, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I know the other three are with the existing crew. The current council is always in lockstep with the Mayor; and over the past three years has been unanimous in every vote on every item (there was one where Weiner voted against and one where he abstained; other than that…all unanimous). Obviously this does not indicate they are voting “wrong” or doing anything untoward; but it does present the opportunity for us to not get what might be in the best interest of the public. It at the very least gives the public to thought that the tax money is being spent behind closed doors, and simply being validated by predetermined votes (occasionally with the annoyance of a dissenting public comment that is brushed off). The Mayor and the current form of government came about because of one man’s control caused corruption. I think we need to make sure the situation isn’t ripe for the same happenings. That being said, if during the course of the campaign, it appears that Mr. peck is not at least capable, then I will not vote for him…just saying my vote is his to lose.
So Much to Say September 06, 2012 at 01:29 PM
We Own The Night September 06, 2012 at 03:13 PM
What the heck. Vote for Peck. These old buzzards have had us in a stranglehold for years. Let's start to bring the house of cards down!
OhYeahIWentThere September 06, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Makes perfect sense to me. Peck is NOT on the "Continued Good Government" ticket because what we have isn't good government. This town needs change, not a continuation of the same-old same-old and obviously WhitingBoy feels this way, too. Good luck, Mr. Peck.
Billabong September 06, 2012 at 03:52 PM
And Peck lives in PLP, which could use some support in this town. I'm looking forward to learning more about Mr. Peck in the coming weeks.
Donald J Borst September 06, 2012 at 06:01 PM
As far as any of the good old boys running again and getting re-elected, my votes go to new blood. The old blood has became far too complacent and cliched.
Grace Peck September 07, 2012 at 03:14 AM
time for a change, both locally and otherwise. A vote for Mr. Peck will help bring about a change in our government. A much needed one !! Best of luck to him.
John Williams September 07, 2012 at 06:07 AM
I'll vote for PECK too. Lived in Manchester 37 years now..saw it all..own three homes in Manchester and at each one nothing gets done by the township for the taxes I pay. Like another said..we need some new blood in town hall...lets start it and give it a chance in 2012.
George Johnson September 08, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I'm voting for Bill Peck! He is a good, hardworking man who cares about the people of Manchester. The guy is not going to be a sell out to the money our Mayor gets from all his pay-to-play cronies!
EMF September 16, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I'm voting for Charles Frattini, Sr. He will do what's RIGHT, JUST, and FAIR in representing the citizens of Manchester. Don't bring back the old, bring in the NEW (CHARLIE FRATTINI, SR) and let's see some fair and equitable changes to our township. Vote for Charles Frattini, Sr!
Don Gottwerth September 21, 2012 at 07:18 PM
What Whiting needs is, or the whole of Manchester, are WARDS. Whiting should be like the West Ward, and other wards like an East Ward. Maybe the Pineridge, north and south could be another ward and adjoining areas with the newer developments, or two could be councilmen at large positions. The current reconstruction of Whiting roads really needed a spokesman for the outrageous cantankerous stretch of work who would stand up for us, with communication skills to listen to us. The design and engineering in this case should cost someone their job. If it weren't for hypertension conditions, as an 8 year Irvington councilman(1980-88), I would get involved and give it a try, without a chip on my shoulder.
WhtgJohn September 22, 2012 at 03:58 AM
How about setting term limits and ending the continual reelection of the same old people. Government in Manchester is stagnant and self-serving!
Don Gottwerth September 22, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Putting down Mayor Mike is a slap in his face after he rescued Manchester from a real mess, and a period of corruption in which really the heart of the heap didn't live long enough to see jail. If Mayor Mike hadn't come along, this town would have been in a heap of hot water it did not deserve. If the mayor should have been out a long time ago, then that should have been governed by ordinance and nurtured by conscientous council members. But I say we owe him a big thank you for his diligence. Oh, and one more thing; we need a true Manchester newspaper, not one trumping all Lakehurst news and little on Manchester. I am happy for Patch!
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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