The Brick Township Democratic organization has selected Lisa Crate, a 20 year resident of the township, to replace Susan Lydecker in the race for Brick Township Council, party officials said.
Crate, a teacher at Christa McAuliffe Middle School in Jackson Township, is also a parishioner at the Church of the Epiphany in Brick and a member of the board of Tooney’s Last Resort Animal Rescue.
Crate has entered an important election for both sides of the political aisle in town. Four seats, a majority of the council, are up for grabs. Republican officials have told Shorebeat that the party is planning to meet this week to fill the vacancy left when Dan Toth bowed out of the council race after he was charged with two crimes related to an allegation made by a minor in Jackson.
Should Crate and her running mates Jim Fozman, Art Halloran and Andrea Zapcic win in November’s election, the Democrats will maintain complete control over the council and the mayor’s office. Crate was added to the ticket at a meeting held Friday.
“Since John Ducey was elected Mayor in 2013, a lot of things have been going right in Brick,” Crate said in a statement issued by the local party organization. “The successful new Farmer’s Market is a source of pride for all of us. Events like Bricktoberfest and the Friday Night Drive-In Movies are building our sense of community. New businesses like the Meridian Health and Fitness Center and PJ Sweeney’s Irish Pub are choosing Brick.”
Crate and her family live in the Midstreams neighborhood in town. She and her husband, William, have two children William, age 10, and Colleen, age 8. Both children attend Midstreams Elementary School.