Lakewood Township Committeeman Mike D’Elia is not seeking reelection for another term, as the 83-year-old longtime activist battles mounting health issues, Lakewood Alerts has learned.
D’Elia, who was first elected to his current position in 2015, has not submitted paperwork to be screened by the Lakewood Republican Club at Wednesday evening’s meeting, essentially putting the nail in the coffin of his political career.
D’Elia currently has liaison appointments to Lakewood’s Environmental Committee, Finance Department, Fire Department, Industrial Commission, Legal Department, Special Community Events, Tax Collector’s Office, and the Zoning Board.
A successor to him will be screened and endorsed by the Lakewood Republican Club. Though non-binding, the endorsee of the Club will basically be a shoo-in for the GOP nomination later this year.
Those being screened include Moshe Raitzik, Bruce Stern, Yaakov Bendkowski, Mike Berman, and Debbie Fuentes. The eventual GOP nominee will face off against Mayor Ray Coles and his running mate, Jimmy Esposito.