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Shutzer, Griffiths Win Democratic Primary in Freehold Borough

Three candidates sought the Democratic line for two Borough Council seats on November's ballot.

Freehold Borough Board of Education member Daniel Xavier fell short in his bid to be a Democratic nominee for Borough Council.

Xavier, incumbent Councilwoman Sharon Shutzer and Ron Griffiths squared off in the municipality's first contested primary in 37 years. With all districts reporting, Shutzer and Griffiths, running on the Freehold Borough Democratic Party line, received 398 votes, according to the Freehold Borough Clerk's Office. Xavier received 109 votes.

"I feel humbled," Shutzer said after learning the results of the primary. "I think this process has really energized our party."

Griffiths, who was also with Shutzer, when the results were announced said that he is thrilled with the results as well.

Shutzer and Griffiths will face Republicans MaryAnne Earle and incumbent Councilman John Newman in the general election. Two Borough Council seats, each for three-year terms, are up in the November vote.

Marc LeVine June 06, 2012 at 02:25 PM
@Mike. Was the recently concluded national Republican primary much better? Campaigning in any sort of election process is tough. I wish things would remain "gentlemanly" all of the time - but they don't. Mitt Romney spent a ton of money to "beat up" on Newt Gingrich in a very negative way. I am not a big fan of Newt, but Romney crossed the line at times. Why so many seem to statistically appreciate negative campaining, I don't know. If they didn't, it would go away. Problem is that inevitably someone launches an attack on someone's character and candidates feel compelled to respond. Look, no one in the local Dems was happy that Dan broke with local tradition and ran against their choices despite not being selected as his party's anointed. I could have done the same thing, but my past, direct involvement/service within my party made me feel obligated NOT to run on my own. Dan had no such complex history or personal commitment. No one should be angry with Dan's questioning of Ron. His concern was valid and Ron HAD to respond to it for better or worse. We are all better off having this one put to bed.
Jane Healton June 06, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I agree with Marc. Suggestion; sometimes I write things that I later realize are simply me being self-centered and verbally abusive. I go back and push the delete button so I can be at peace with myself. This is my invitation for all the name callers to exercise the same option. This is time for the Boro to move forward.
Kevin Asadi June 06, 2012 at 03:51 PM
There is no reason for anyone to ever get into name-calling. Worthwhile discussion of important issues requires that it be carried out in a respectful way. It is okay to discuss disagreements. It is not okay to assault the conversation with ad hominem attacks. I am thankful that this primary season was handled by nearly everyone in a respectful way, as far as I saw. And I did not notice you being verbally abusive towards anyone, Jane. If the worst offenses during the campaign were Shutzer calling Xavier "Idealistic" and Xavier endorsing Shutzer (without her permission), then I think the entire country can learn a thing or two from our little town!
Jane Healton June 06, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Thanks Kevin but you didn't read the ones I deleted. Comes of having a warrior personality I guess. My point is that if the only reason a thing is being written is for a feeling of self-righteousness it need not be written. I too think that the election debate and fall out with a few exceptions were very civil. Which is why I am puzzled by the need some have shown to keep the negatives going. Forward Freehold Borough!
Kirsten Raymond June 07, 2012 at 02:12 AM
All else aside, and I promise not to delve into it beyond this, Dan doesn't deserve to be compared to Ted Miller. Ted is one person who hopefully will remain both one-of-a-kind and, going forward, silent.

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