POINT PLEASANT BEACH – GOP councilman Paul Kanitra announced his intention to run for Mayor Stephen Reid’s position if Reid vacates his seat to take over for outgoing Assemblyman David Wolfe (R – Brick). Reid is among several vying for the seat.
Local Republicans are already circling the wagons to fill the seat of outgoing 10th District Assemblyman David Wolfe (R -Brick), who this week announced his intention to not seek reelection.
Another Ocean County Republican is hoping to move up the ladder of local politics if Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Stephen Reid gets the nomination.
“With Mayor Reid posting his intentions yesterday to seek the 10th District Assembly seat, I wanted to take the opportunity to address my own future right here in Point Pleasant Beach,” Kanitra told Ocean County Politics in a prepared statement on Friday.
Kanitra says he has the endorsement of former Point Beach mayors Dennis Swanson, Dan Hennessy and Jack Pasola in his bid to move up to the mayor’s seat in the shore borough.
“I hope you all have seen for yourselves just how hard I have worked on speeding and traffic safety, abandoned properties, environmental and tax issues this last year. But most importantly, I hope I’ve established a reputation as someone who listens to all residents and gives everyone a voice in the process,” he said.
He said that his platform will focus on “quality of life” initiatives in the borough, including economic development and repairing curbs that have crumbled.
At this juncture, it’s far from a done deal who will be chosen to be the GOP’s standard-bearer for the seat, as candidates continue to make calls and consolidate support. In addition to Reid, other Republicans from 10th district towns have expressed interest in running for the seat.
“I feel that as a lifelong resident of this area, along with my community, business,and political involvement, I can continue the legacy of good government for the people of the 10th Legislative District,” Scaturro, a former Brick councilwoman said in her announcement.
Catalano, for his part, is the owner of CS Jewelers and has previously served on the township council and has the backing of Brian Deluca, the Brick GOP chairman, according to the Shorebeat report.
Wolfe, for his part, was a former Brick councilman, so Brick Republicans naturally feel poised to have one of their own selected to fill “their” seat by county Republican leaders.