Somers Point Republicans Name 2009 Council Candidates

The city?s former Prosecutor and it?s former Public Works Superintendent Tapped to Run for Council in November


The Somers Point Republican Club announced long-time Somers Point residents Thomas G. Smith and Howard Dill as the party?s City Council candidates for the 2009 election cycle at their special meeting on Monday, March 30th.

Smith, an attorney, is a life long resident of Somers Point. He served as the city?s prosecutor from 1999 through 2007 and currently serves as the Special Tax Counsel for the municipalities of Northfield, Avalon, Galloway Township, Upper Township and Dennis Township. He will challenge for the first ward council seat currently held by City Council President Francis X. Cosgrove.

?The current council leadership has largely ignored the concerns of the general public regarding public safety and city services,? said Smith upon accepting the club?s nomination. ?We need to get back to basics and focus on the concerns and needs of our residents.?

Dill has over four decades of public and municipal management experience, including 22 years with Somers Point?s Public Works Department, where he served as the department?s Superintendent during the later part of his tenure. He has also served as the President of the Somers Point Board of Education and is a member of the city?s Planning Board. His two sons, Howard Jr. and Rick, are police officers in Somers Point. Dill is vying for the second ward seat currently held by Bobby Donovan.

?Once elected to City Council, I will utilize my 40-plus years of municipal experience to bring forward new and innovative ideas that will provide more efficient and less costly services for the community,? said Dill, a 41 year resident of Somers Point. ?Remember a quote from Albert Einstein: ?The problems we face today will not be solved by the minds that created them.? That?s why we need a change.?

Somers Point Mayor, Jack Glasser, believes Smith and Dill are the right men for the job.

?I have known both these men for many years and believe they are the future of Somers Point? said Glasser. ?I look forward to working with them.?

The Republicans are coming off a strong showing during the 2008 election season that saw them gain two city council seats. The Democrats, however, still hold a 4-3 majority on council.

?Howard and Tom are exactly the help our current council representatives Sean McGuigan, Maureen Kern and Ralph Triboletti need in order to put Somers Point back on the right track said Republican Club President, Greg Sykora. ?This city can?t afford another year of mismanagement and overspending by the current Democratic-controlled council.?

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