2011-09-22 / Front Page

Red Bank councilwoman nominated for state Assembly

Kathy Horgan replaces Marilyn Schlossbach on Democratic ticket

Kathy Horgan Kathy Horgan RED BANK — Councilwoman Kathleen Horgan will make a run for the state Assembly in the newly redistricted 11th Legislative District.

Horgan joins Hazlet businessman Vin Gopal, who is also seeking an Assembly seat, and state Senate candidate, Freehold Township attorney Ray Santiago, on the Democratic ticket.

The Democrats will face an all-female GOP slate composed of Sen. Jennifer Beck and Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande. Dan Jacobsen will run for Assembly as an independent.

According to Horgan, Lauren Nicosia, municipal vice chair in Red Bank for the Democrats, nominated her at the Sept. 14 party meeting in Asbury Park. A majority of the Monmouth County Democratic Committee members agreed.

Horgan is replacing Asbury Park restaurateur Marilyn Schlossbach, who had to withdraw from the race after Hurricane Irene affected her businesses.

“With 250 employees, her priority was protecting the health of her businesses and protecting the jobs she had created,” said Horgan.

Earlier this year, the state Legislative Redistricting Committee approved a new district map for the state’s 40 districts. The 11th District now includes Eatontown, Long Branch, Ocean, West Long Branch, Red Bank, Shrewsbury and Tinton Falls, among other towns, but will no longer represent Colts Neck, Englishtown, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Manalapan and Marlboro.

According Horgan, the redistricting will benefit her party with 10,000 more Democrats than Republicans in the district.

“While the incumbents may have fit their previous districts, their history of opposition to women’s health care and repeated support for policies that greatly increase the tax burden on Monmouth taxpayers is deeply out of touch with the district they are running in now,” she said .

H organ has been a Red Bank council- woman since 2007, earning a second term in 2010. She also heads the Education and Technology Committee.

“I have worked in Red Bank to prevent increases in spending and stop tax increases without losing crucial services,” said Horgan,

“That’s what we need in Trenton — someone who knows how to balance a budget without forcing middle-class families to lose services and pay higher taxes.”

Horgan currently works in New York City as the liaison to the board of trustees at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.

In the past, she has worked for the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), while living in Paris for 15 years. She worked in the External Affairs Department for Africa as well as the Fellowship Department doing administrative work.

Horgan said she was honored and excited when asked to run for stateAssembly, though it is not the first time.

“I have been asked to run in the past but didn’t feel that the timing was right. Now I am ready to take on that challenge.”

The New Jersey general election will take place Nov. 8.

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