Brick Republican officials formally announced that former councilwoman Ruthanne Scaturro will replace Domenick Brando on this year’s election ballot to represent her party in the mayoral race.
Scaturro, who served on the council from 2003 through 2011, will challenge incumbent Democratic mayor John Ducey, who is running for his second term. Brando told Shorebeat this week that he was dropping out of the race due to health concerns – specifically, a condition which may require surgery and a lengthy recovery period.
The Brick Republican County Committee met Tuesday night and selected Scaturro to replace him, saying in a statement that the former councilwoman “enters the race as an experienced-on hands servant for her community.”
Scaturro is a retired controller at Ferguson Enterprises and a resident of Lions Head South retirement community. In the statement, Scaturro said, “After very serious consideration, the decision to return to public life was based on my observation that our once beautiful and safe town has deteriorated the past four years under Mayor Ducey’s leadership.”
Ducey, however, has touted a tax cut this year as well as progress on renovating parks and bringing pro-business programs to town as major successes during his first term.
Scaturro promised “an energetic and a viable campaign with the support of the Republican Party and any and all residents who believe we can build a better Brick together. ”