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Democrats Claim Victory: 'We Clean-Sweep'd 'Em,' Says Councilman-Elect

All four Democrats win, ousting GOP incumbents

The four Democrats running for seats on the Brick Township Council swept their GOP opponents, riding a wave of voter anger over tax hikes into office in a victory that swings the control of the township's governing body away from Republicans.

"We clean sweep'd 'em," said Councilman-Elect Robert Moore, who said taxes were the number one issue in this year's campaign.

"I want to bring Brick back to how it used to be," he said at a victory party with the Ocean County Democratic organization at the Tuscan House restaurant in Toms River Tuesday night.

Despite being out-fundraised and out-spent during the campaign – and the targets of harsh GOP mailers toward the end of the race – the Democrats handily defeated their opponents by a wide margin.

Attorney John Ducey received the most votes of any candidate with 9,172, according to data from the Ocean County Clerk's Office. The final vote tally is:

DELUCA 6,457
THULEN 6,204
SCATURRO 6,143
CATALANO 6,175

DUCEY 9,172 √
LYDECKER 8,570 √
FOZMAN 8,810 √
MOORE 8,921 √

Ducey said it came down to the issues, specifically taxes, and voters responded to the Democrats' message of cutting waste and cronyism.

"Luckily, the people of Brick decided that we had the ideas they wanted," Ducey said. "They voted for us and had confidence in us."

Ducey said the first goal when his team takes office in January will be to "look at the finances and the spending, and see where all of the waste and mismanagement has been going on, so we can save the taxpayers money."

"We plan on working with the mayor and seeing what, exactly, needs to be done in town," said Ducey.

Council President Brian DeLuca, who lost his bid for re-election Tuesday, said he wished the new team "the best of luck."

"The people wanted a change, and they voted that way," DeLuca said.

"I wish them the best of luck," he said of the Democrats. "In the end, what I want is what's best for Brick."

With their victory, the Democrats will claim a majority on the township council when they take their seats in January. The council will be split between the ticket elected Tuesday and three Republicans – Dan Toth, Joseph Sangiovanni and Domenick Brando. Stephen C. Acropolis, a Republican, will remain mayor and face re-election in 2013.

Sam Foster November 11, 2011 at 07:02 AM
When I was in the Municipal Building on 11/10/11 I was told he wasn't there. Scott Pezarras was, though. At least he's doing something to earn his $80,000 raise.
disgusted homeowner November 11, 2011 at 01:19 PM
@ me, the Doyle folks refer to is former Assemblyman and Brick municipal attorney John Paul Doyle who served our area in the late 1980"s and early 1990"s. He served alongside assemblywoman Marlene Lynch Ford who presently is the ocean county prosecutor. Though he's not presently holding any elected positions, he is still an active local attorney. At one point many, many years ago he resided in the midstreams section of brick, i remember delivering the asbury park press to his house for years. He is not related at all to the Doyle who was involved in the fatal accident with Anthony Briffa on Jordan Road awhile back.
anthony November 11, 2011 at 04:23 PM
lets hope they do what they their campaigns were about ...and take care of taxes, and help the people of BRICK, HOW MANY PROMISES HAVE WE HEARD IN PAST FROM POLITICAL FIGURES.....they get elected and we are cursing them out 6 months later......we will see!!!!!!!!!!!
John C November 13, 2011 at 05:07 AM
Since the majority of your taxes go to the schools and are controled by the Board of Education, don't expect to see much of a change in your taxes unless there are major reforms in education funding formulas at the State level.
rememberwhen November 25, 2011 at 02:54 PM
Saw "OUR" mayor will work for a dollar ,,,,,HOW NICE,,,,,,,,,,rofl was a wonderful ending to my Thanks Giving day turned on the Brick channel & what should appear but Mr A making that statement???????? full time X's 2 still equals what? and taxed beyond the MAX,,,,,,,

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