2013-04-10 / Front Page

3 seats will be at stake in Marlboro election

Marshall, Knight, LaRosa to challenge Cantor, Mazzola and Metzger in November
Staff Writer

Let the games begin. Three incumbent Democrats have thrown their hats into the ring to retain their seats on the Marlboro Township Council in the Nov. 5 election. They will compete against a trio of Republicans who wish to take control of the governing body.

Council members Jeff Cantor, Carol Mazzola and Scott Metzger have filed nominating petitions to represent the Democrats in November.

Republicans Robert Knight, Marielaina LaRosa and Craig Marshall will challenge the incumbents.

Neither slate will face any opposition in the June primary election. Marlboro has three four-year terms on the council up for grabs in the Nov. 5 vote. The council currently has a 5-0 Democratic majority following Mazzola’s recent switch from the Republican Party.

Cantor, 47, works in pharmaceuticals. The military veteran has served on the governing body for more than eight years, making him the longest-sitting council member. He helped create the Marlboro Sunshine Fund and has organized the township’s Blues & Barbecue Festival, which raises money each year for wounded veterans.

Metzger, 45, is a physician who is currently serving the fourth year of his first term on the council. Along with his involvement and leadership roles in a number of medical societies, including the American Medical Association, Metzger said he has sat on the boards of local charities.

Mazzola is a real estate professional who also has a background in advertising. She earned a seat on the council in the 2009 election as a Republican, but switched to the Democratic Party this year. Mazzola has been the president of the Kiwanis Club of Marlboro, of which she is still an active member.

Knight, 46, is a financial consultant who has worked in the field for more than 20 years. He spent four years as a member of the Marlboro Zoning Board of Adjustment. As the president of the Marlboro Republican Club, Knight said he recently contributed to the effort to restore the shore in the wake of post-Tropical Storm Sandy.

LaRosa, 42, is a sales associate. She was a trustee for the Marlboro Educational Foundation and a member of the Frank Defino Central Elementary School PTA. LaRosa also teaches CCD classes and leads a troop of Girl Scouts.

Marshall, 53, owns a small business. He serves on the Monmouth County Planning Board, the Brookdale Community College trustee search committee and as a county committeeman for his voting district in Marlboro. He said that through his company, he has backed a number of charities that aim to combat diseases.

Marshall ran for mayor in Marlboro in 2011 but lost to Democrat Jonathan Hornik, who won his second four-year term.

Contact Jack Murtha at jmurtha@gmnews.com.

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