LITTLE EGG HARBOR- Election Day is rapidly approaching and political tensions are high. Four candidates are running head to head for two Three-year positions on the township committee.
Incumbent Lisa Stevens (R) has a new running mate, Blaise Scibetta, who is new to the political arena. Stevens has left the Democrats after having a fractured relationship with her past running mate, Dave Schlick-D (Tuckerton). Schlick and Stevens won the election against the incumbent Republicans in 2015, then-Mayor Arthur Midgley and committeeman Edward Nuttall.
Stevens, 57, is running for her second term on the governing body. She is a founding member of the New Jersey Organizing Project, working along with other State/Federal Elected Officials to help those who suffered from Hurricane Sandy, and their recovery efforts, as well as a member of Helping to Educate and Advocate against human trafficking, (HEAAT). Stevens is also working close with our local veterans, to have a veterans park built on Radio Rd, with funds from the Open Space Trust Act. Stevens is retired social worker from the state Family and Children Services.
Scibetta, 38, who is running for the first time, is excited and honored to be running with Stevens by his side. Scibetta is married to Janet Scibetta, and they have three daughters. He has been a Little Egg Harbor resident for the last ten years. Scibetta is the General Manager of Lester Glenn in Toms River, while also being an active member of the Republican club and the LEH Community Advisory Board. He has served as a team captain of the Walk for MS event for the last five years. Scibetta also went on a hurricane Katrina relief missions with men from Little Egg Harbor churches and N.C. Baptist Men’s Builders. His faith is very important to him. Scibetta has been seen at just about every township meeting for the past year, taking notes and learning about local and municipal politics.
Incumbent Dave Schlick, 50, Is a 40 year resident of Little Egg Harbor. He is engaged to Paula Guzman-Bell, who is also running in the Tuckerton election for Mayor. Schlick has a daughter, who attends Pinelands Regional High School. Schlicks employment is unknown. He is a past President of the Great Bay Democrat club, serving one, one year term. He is also a member of the Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce, and the co-founder of Flags for Hero’s. Schlick was a big supporter of having a dog park in town, which until now has not been successful.
Todd Nugent, 50, is the running mate of Schlick. He is another newcomer to the political arena. He has been a lifelong resident of Little Egg Harbor and is married to his wife, Susan. They have 5 children, all five attending school in Little Egg Harbor. Nugent is the owner of a local enviromental company, Synatech Inc.