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Democrats Outspend GOP 17-to-1 (So Far) in Brick Mayor, Council Race

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John Ducey (D) and Ruthanne Scaturro (R). (File Photos)
John Ducey (D) and Ruthanne Scaturro (R). (File Photos)

Mayor John Ducey has outspend his challenger by a mammoth 17-to-one margin so far this election season, state campaign finance records show.

Ducey, a Democrat, spent $69,677 on his re-election campaign through Oct. 10, data from the state Election Law Enforcement Commission shows. Ruthanne Scaturro, his Republican challenger, has spent just $4,464, according to the same records.

The mayoral campaign spending also includes the election costs for three open township council seats. As it currently stands, all seven members of the council are Democrats. A Republican has not won a seat on the council so far this decade.

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Ducey’s ticket, which includes incumbent council members Paul Mummolo, Marianna Pontoriero and Heather deJong, has also handily out-fundraised the GOP ticket, which includes council candidates John Ciocco, Lois Turner and Marilyn Lago. The Democrats have raised $86,384 compared to the Republicans’ $22,375.

The campaign finance reports show a monumental diversion from most of the local government campaigns in Ocean County, where the normally well-funded Republicans have control of every municipality except Brick, as well as the county freeholder board.

Ducey’s top donors have included Adams Rehmann & Heggan Associates, a civil engineering firm that donated $1,500 and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers PAC, which donated $1,300. A number of other organizations, including the unions representing sheetmetal workers, plumbers and pipefitters, and the campaign for state Assemblyman  Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) contributed smaller amounts.

The Republican ticket generated funding from a company linked to the R.C. Shea & Associates law firm, of Toms River, as well as the law firms of Dasti Murphy Mcguckin Ulaky Koutsouris & Connors, of Forked River; Berry, Sahradnik, Kotzas & Benson, of Toms River; and Kelaher, VanDyke and Moriarty, of Toms River. The Republicans also received donations from the engineering firm Remington, Vernick and Vena. The Remington firm was the GOP’s top donor, at $5,000.

Ducey was first elected mayor in 2013. Scaturro is a former township council president.


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  • 205167117

    Still trying to get an answer as to how it’s okay to have a primary election and then replace Brando with someone who didn’t even run.

    • Let’s Roll

      All political parties should be made illegal. The members care more about their party than about the taxpayers.

      • 205167117

        I agree

    • Mac

      My thoughts would be to simply not vote for the selected party stooge. If you let them fool you once, especially if its your own party, then they will definitely do it again and again, as the documentation of the political history of Ocean County has duly recorded.

      • Let’s Roll

        Ducey is a political party selected stooge also.

      • Mac

        Well, they all are to a degree at least. That’s the voters failure, not political parties. If you don’t demand accountability, you’re certainly not going to get it. Regardless, was Ducey masked in the primary by staging a primary deception?

        The saddest part of this story is that most of the voters wouldn’t notice the difference on Election Day anyway. That’s why they continue to practice this deceit. It works. And those that buy it repeatedly, deserve it.

      • Nan

        Told you when we had an all Republican Township Get a GRIP
        Get Rid of Incumbent Politicians
        For Mayor Vote for Rob Canfield and tell everyone VOTE

        Vote Rob Canfield.

      • Mac

        Ok, why? Voting against any Gilmore daisy-chain fraud is a no-brainer, and is currently a proud action the enlightened Brick voters have already intelligently put into practice. As the Brick voters have painfully come to learn, there’s no room for even an drop of positive substance within any link to Gilmore. And if you’re in any doubt of such, just ask him. No one knows better than Gilmore that he’s not capable of standing on his own two feet without props, as we have witnessed too many times with outright sheer embarrassment. But Gilmore did do an admirable job of keeping Christie’s traveling “Johnny on the Spot’ port-a-potty in working order at all of the smorgasbord events on the national campaign trail. Some talents just can’t be ignored, so we have to compliment them when they are so deserving.

        As for Ducey, he’s not perfect but appears to be doing a reasonable job when compared to the last few previous Brick mayors.

        So, please inform me on why Rob Canfield would make a better mayor, aside from the fact he doesn’t have Republican or Democrat coattail support promises to fulfill if elected. However, no one gets elected alone, so they all have coattail obligations to fulfill. And that’s a fact of life. So, in the end, it boils down to ability, platform and the means to put the platform into practice while dealing with a county government that will pull out all stops to overcome it, or take credit for it if they can’t stop it.

        Many citizens have great ideas and thoughts on how government can be improved. What are Rob’s, and how is he going to overcome the stacked minefield against him that he is going to have to play in, at least in the beginning, to accomplish anything of value to us?

      • Nan

        The biggest reason is has is not indebted to either Club for his being on the ballot. I cannot tell you why because you have closed your mind to honest discourse and or are part of the big Political machine.

        You believe Ducey’s B(bologna) S(sandwich) is not rancid like all the others.

      • Mac

        I’ve closed my mind. Chuckle. Just curious. Does Rob know you are campaigning for him?

      • Nan

        Yes, he does and contrary to Ducey etal flyer he is not a Republican.

      • Mac

        I don’t think by now Rob’s political party status is in any doubt, or of much concern beyond his front yard. Perhaps he will put your picture on his bathroom mirror so he can recall his 15-seconds of fame for the rest of his life.

      • Nan

        Vote Rob Canfield. Spread the message and perhaps we will get rid of Political Stooge Mayors.

      • Nan

        Vote for the only non political stooge for Mayor – Rob Canfield.

  • Mac

    ???

  • Hbadger

    I love that ducey uses being a lawyer as means to being smart. He needs to spend this money in hopes no one really reads the fine print. He is a classless idiot who jess just able to hold his breath on his knees the longest! Unfortunately we have no other savior and corruption will continue!