2002-11-21 / Front Page

Dancer tapped to replace Cottrell in N.J. Assembly

By kathy baratta
Staff Writer

Dancer tapped to replace Cottrell in N.J. Assembly


Ronald DancerRonald Dancer

By kathy baratta

Staff Writer

PLUMSTED — Plumsted Mayor Ronald Dancer has been chosen to complete the unexpired term of 30th District Assemblyman Melvin Cottrell.

Cottrell, who passed away in October, had held the office since 1993. The 30th District is comprised of 15 municipalities spread throughout four counties, and include Howell and Farmingdale in Monmouth County and Jackson, Lakewood and Plumsted in Ocean County.

"It is a large and diverse district," said Dancer in acknowledgment of the job before him as the new assemblyman for the district.

Dancer, 53, who took his inaugural oath as assemblyman Nov. 12, has been the mayor of Plumsted for more than 13 years and was re-elected to a fourth term Nov. 5.

As state election law dictates, an unexpired term must be filled by a member of the same political party; Dancer was selected by a majority vote placed by the various Republican County Committee heads from each election district comprising the 30th Legislative District.

Dancer’s final challenge for the seat came from newly elected Howell Councilman Joseph DiBella.

Dancer received 106 votes and DiBella 72 in a closed ballot election by the county committee heads.

Dancer, a deeply religious man, quoted scripture when asked if he had any definite plans ahead for the position and responsibilities now before him.

Said Dancer: "I am led by Proverbs ... which tells us, trust in the Lord, acknowledge him, and have him direct your path."

Dancer will hold the appointed office until January 2004.


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