NEWS: ASBURY PARK WILL HAVE FIRST OPENLY GAY MAYOR

Sources close to the Asbury Park City Council confirmed rumors today that current councilmember Ed Johnson will officially be named Mayor of Asbury Park on July 1, replacing current Mayor Kevin Sanders and becoming the first openly gay mayor of the City. Additionally, Councilman John Loffredo will be named Deputy Mayor.

Councilman Johnson was the highest vote getter in the recent election.

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Cheers to Ed – I am a huge fan of his. He is smart, dedicated, passionate and kind. Most of all, he loves Asbury Park as much as we all do. Its a great move forward for the city we love and just in time for New Jersey Pride 2009.

One Asbury Park resident said it best today “Ed is a much better representation of our city on all sides – black, white, gay, straight. He will be a great role model for the kids, too.”

Congrats to both.

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