SEA BRIGHT: Dina Long will be seeking another term as mayor this year.
"I am hopeful the voters of Sea Bright will give me the opportunity to see through our rebuilding from Sandy, the recovery of our municipal finances and the economic revitalization of our downtown," Long said in a emailed statement. "I want to make sure we incorporate lessons learned from Sandy to improve our future resilience, and that we continue to engage and empower Sea Bright residents to be an active part of that process."
Long, an independent, is finishing her first 4-year term as mayor of Sea Bright. Because she is not affiliated with any political party, she will not have to participate in the partisan primary election in June. Her filing deadline is June 2, but she said she wanted to "quell any speculation and make my intentions clear early on."
After taking office the year Hurricane Sandy hit the borough, Long has faced several challenges during her time as mayor including how to rebuild a town that was devastated by flood waters and balance a budget where some many ratables were lost. She said the governing body has been able to tackle these challenges by working together.
"Over the last three and half years, we have seen that when we roll up our sleeves and work together, we succeed," Long said. "If we keep bringing that spirit to the tasks at hand, I know Sea Bright's potential can finally be realized."
Long said she the borough's Democrat and Republican party organizations will not be opposing here reelection bid and is "very very grateful."
"I look forward to working with them all to keep Sea Bright moving forward," she said.