Brigantine’s Mayor Guenther achieved even greater powers this week’s Nov. 8 election, as voters gave Brigantine’s elite a 6 to 1 council seat ratio.
- 1st Ward (R) Karen Bew beat (D) Jack Heil and retained her 1st Ward seat.
- 2nd Ward, Republican challenger Michael Riordan unseated incumbent (D) Lisa McClay.
- 3rd Ward (R) Dennis Haney unseated incumbent (D) John Withers. Haney overcame credible allegations of impropriety regarding his Real Estate taxes.
- 4th Ward Rick DeLucry beat (R) Angelo Sciarra and was lone Democrat to retain a council seat.
Lisa McClay & John Withers lost their Brigantine council seats to Guenther cronies with zero experience.
With this Brigantine election outcome, the 26+ year Mayor…..Phil Guenther will no longer have to deal with those pesky opposition motions.
Brigantine is one of few remaining municipalities using 7 council members, running under Republican or Democrat partisanship.
Councilman Rick Delucry (D) is now the lone opposition to the Guenther & Simpson crew. For years, Delucry has been the only councilman to consistently question fiscally irresponsible activity overseen by Guenther’s City Hall. With the recent election losses of 2 opposition seats, it gets even tougher for Delucry. He’ll no longer have a opposition colleague to ‘second’ any motion he’d like to offer. In effect, the council majority no longer needs to deal with opposition ideas.
Why Brigantine Real Estate & Economic Indicators Lag:
Brigantine Mayor Guenther & Councilman Simpson appoint, influence and/or essentially control:
- City Council
- School Board
- Two schools with duplicate staffing
- Planning Board
- City Manager Stinson
- Tax Assessor
- Economic Committee
- Chamber of Commerce
- Permitting & Inspections
- Mercantile & Retail
- Real Estate Development
- Jobs & enrollment at ACIT, Atlantic County Vocational School District