HAMMONTON - Independent political party Hammonton First re-elected Jim Donio as president and Marty Matro as vice president Sunday.
Donio said his party will announce its candidates for three seats on town council in May for the November election. The seats currently are held by Hammonton First Councilmen Dan Bachalis, Paul Esposito and Sam Rodio.
About a month ago, Republicans in Hammonton started the Hammonton United Republican Club, a second GOP club. They announced Hammonton United will run its own slate of candidates for council in June's primary. They are Michael Torrissi Jr., 39; Otto Hernandez, 60; and Steve Furgione, 38.
"I like this ticket," said lone Republican Councilman Mickey Pullia, 46, of the Hammonton United slate at a meeting of the new club Feb. 4. "I think both (Republican) clubs should put this ticket forward."
The incoming president of the 30-year-old Hammonton Republican Club, attorney Charles E. Woolson Jr., has said that club will announce its slate of candidates sometime in March.
Pullia was re-elected to council last November, but his then-incumbent running mates Furgione and Anni Carpo narrowly lost re-election.
Donio said Hammonton First will hold monthly meetings throughout 2014 at DiDonato's Family Fun Center, owned by Hammonton Mayor and Hammonton First member Steve DiDonato.
Hammonton First was formed in 2005 and its members are independents, Republicans and Democrats, Donio said. In addition to DiDonato, Rodio, Esposito and Bachalis, Councilmen Tom Gribbin and Ed Wuillermin are affiliated with Hammonton First.
Ryan Mayer was elected secretary of Hammonton First, replacing Nancy Rydcewski, Donio said. She has taken a new position out of town and is planning to move, he said. Patty Palmieri was re-elected treasurer and Bob Conn sergeant-at-arms, he said. Visit www.hammonton1st.com or call 609-742-1333.
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