Independent Slate Withdraws from Barnegat Committee Race 

Jun 06, 2018

In April, former Barnegat Township Committeewoman Elaine Taylor and former candidate Bill Cox filed as Independents for two committee seats with the slogan “Unity Over Politics, Republicans & Democrats Coming Together for a Better Barnegat.” But on June 4, the candidates announced they are withdrawing from the November election, where they would have been vying with the Republican team of Linda Kroft and Pasquale Pipi and the Democratic tandem of Paul Whitcraft and Daniel Ward. Republican incumbents Mayor Frank Caputo and Committeeman Joseph Lopes are not seeking re-election. 

On their Facebook page, Cox wrote that “despite the fact that many supporters encouraged our campaign to continue on, Elaine and I have decided that there is no apparent pathway to victory this coming November. Barnegat politics are a tangled web and the backroom maneuvering by many has drawn a clear picture that 2018 will not be a year of change.”

He said deciding to take part in the political process is daunting enough, “but when you encounter forces that will do everything and anything in their power to remain in charge, that task becomes insurmountable. It is not fair to those who would donate their time, money and effort to continue in the campaign.”

Cox urged that people “keep your eyes open and your ears to the ground.”

“Participate in town meetings, stay involved and speak up when needed,” he said. “While not being seated on the committee, you can rest assured that we will continue to point out the important issues facing our town in the future.”

Taylor said she and Cox were “at a huge financial disadvantage.”

“It’s very difficult to continue a campaign when you are being outspent by a wide margin,” she added. “I will offer my full support to the Democratic candidates.” —E.E.

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