Freehold Township Democrats have a new candidate on the November ballot. Edward Horigan will join Jennie Jeanette “J.J.” Mistretta on the Democratic slate.
Horigan replaced Peter John Harrison, who withdrew from the election to pursue a job opportunity overseas, Mistretta said.
Horigan and Mistretta are seeking two three-year Township Committee seats held by Republican Mayor David Salkin and Deputy Mayor Eugene Golub. Salkin and Golub are both vying for another term. The Freehold Township Committee is comprised of five seats, which are currently all held by Republicans.
Horigan, 63, has resided in Freehold Township with his wife, Pheobia, for four years. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School and received a bachelor’s degree in math and applied science from Thomas Edison State College. He served five years in the U.S. Air Force, with tours in Europe, the Middle East and Vietnam, and five years in the New Jersey Air National Guard. After leaving active duty in 1971, he worked in the computer industry as a field technician, engineer and programmer. Horigan is currently self-employed as a certified financial planner.
He volunteers with the AARP Tax-Aide program, completing free tax returns for low and middle income families and senior citizens. Horigan is a member of the Freehold Lions Club.
“Trying to improve the township government is just another attempt to use my skills to repay my debt to America,” Horigan said.
Freehold Township is organized under the township form of government. The five-member Township Committee is elected directly by the voters. Partisan elections are held in November. The mayor and deputy mayor are selected by the governing body during its annual reorganization meeting. Committee members serve three-year terms. The members of the 2011 Freehold Township Committee are Mayor David Salkin, Deputy Mayor Eugene Golub, Anthony Ammiano, Robert McGirr and Barbara McMorrow. All are Republicans.