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Victoria Flynn, Esq. Gains Backing from Prominent Area Republicans in Assembly Run

March 16, 2021

TAPinto

By Jeanne Wall

HOLMDEL, NJ – It was a veritable who’s who of Monmouth County elected officials at an event supporting Vicky Flynn, Esq. to be the running mate of New Jersey Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger on Tuesday night.

The ‘Legislative District 13’ includes Aberdeen, Atlantic Highlands, Fair Haven, Hazlet, Highlands, Holmdel, Keansburg, Keyport, Little Silver, Marlboro, Middletown, Monmouth Beach, Oceanport, Rumson, Sea Bright and Union Beach.

The event was held at Patricia’s Restaurant in Holmdel on Tuesday, March 16th. The crowd of over 100 included dignitaries and guests from the bayshore to the seashore areas. They enjoyed delicious food and drink in Patricia’s hybrid outside/inside patio dining environment.

It was a proud day for the Impreveduto family as well. Former Monmouth County Freeholder and Holmdel Mayor Patrick Impreveduto and his wife, family and friends, heard a breakout speech from their son Rocco Impreveduto. He is running for Holmdel Township Committee. He received the full endorsement of the Holmdel Municipal Committee, Chaired by Marcy McMullen. The Impreveduto’s endorsed Flynn and Scharfenberger.

Flynn is seeking the support of bayshore republicans, seashore republicans and rural central Monmouth County towns that comprise the 13th Legislative District. She serves as Board President of the Holmdel School Board and discussed how public schools should be open and how Holmdel Schools have been open for five day in person learning for months. Watch the video here:

The election is Thursday. Flynn is running as well as incumbent Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, who the Monmouth County Chairman said is unelectable.

DiMaso, a law school graduate, also serves on the Planning Board in Holmdel and is a Non-EMT driver for the Holmdel First Aid Squad. She is holding her own fundraiser on St. Patrick’s Day in Marlboro. DiMaso was also recently endorsed by former Freeholder Gary Rich. Rich, a former teacher and member of the NJEA, was first elected as a Freeholder in 2012. Rich’s legislative district is District 30, where Assemblyman Sean Kean is currently serving as an Assemblyman.

DiMaso is also supported by Bill Spadea. Spadea hosts a radio show on 101.5 called Chasing New Jersey, where a member of DiMaso’s family works as a Video Editor, according to LinkedIN. 

Spadea publicly called DiMaso an EMT and (on air) a  ‘medical professional.’  

“Serena DiMaso is an outspoken member of the New Jersey legislature. In addition to doing her job as an EMT, she is always available for constituents when they need help.” said Spadea.

According to the NJEMS Certification System, DiMaso is not an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). 

Spadea, who worked for Weichert Real Estate, ran and lost an Assembly campaign in 2012 in the 16th District by three to one, defeated by Donna Simon in Readington Township. He lost to Congressman Rush Holt in 2004.

Legislative District 13 Senator Declan O’Scanlon has not endorsed anyone publicly.

The party conventions for both democrats and republicans typically rely on cues from their leadership. DiMaso’s event on St. Patrick’s Day in Marlboro will illustrate her own support from county and state elected officials and TAPinto Holmdel and Colts Neck will share any details available from the event.

For Flynn, support came out in force at this popular local restaurant (see photos). In addition to local officials, notable county and state attendees included:

  • Monmouth County Commissioner Director Tom Arnone
  • Monmouth County Commissioner Deputy Director Sue Kiley
  • Monmouth County Commissioner Ross Licitra
  • Monmouth County Commissioner Nick DiRocco
  • Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon
  • New Jersey State Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (LD 13)
  • New Jersey State Assemblyman Sean Kean (LD 30)
  • Monmouth County Republican Chairman Shaun Golden

The Monmouth County Republican committee is having an election, as all county parties do, to choose who will represent them in various positions such as Monmouth County Board of Commissioners as well as the New Jersey State Assembly and the race for the Governorship of the State of New Jersey.

Pat Impreveduto endorses Vicky Flynn and Gerry Scharfenberger in LD 13 Assembly race

March 12, 2021

More Monmouth Musings

Patrick Impreveduto, a former Monmouth County Freeholder and former Holmdel Mayor issued his endorsement of Vicky Flynn for Assembly in LD 13 and Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger for reelection in the uncontested Assembly seat in the 13th legislative district.

Flynn, the president of the Holmdel Board of Education, is challenging Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, also of Holmdel, for the Monmouth Republican Committee’s endorsement which will be award at a virtual convention on Thrusday, March 18.

“Vicky has done a tremendous job as a member of the Holmdel Board of Education,” said Impreveduto. “I encouraged her to run for the Board six years ago which is a decision that has greatly benefited Holmdel.”

“The residents Holmdel (which includes my 3 grandchildren) are grateful for Vicky’s leadership during the covid-19 pandemic,” Impreveduto continued. “The Holmdel schools are one of the few school districts in the State that provide full day instruction to their students and serve as an example as to how schools can open safely during a pandemic. Vicky is a true asset to our community. She is a problem solver. She is a dedicated public servant. She is a strong supporter of our party. I know she will be an excellent assemblywoman who will work side by side with Gerry Scharfenberger. I am confident that they will be a great team in Trenton representing our interests.”

Impreveduto’s endorsement of Flynn is particularly noteworthy because he served on the Holmdel Township Committee with DiMaso for four years. DiMaso endorsed Impreveduto for Freeholder in 2017.

“I am grateful for the support that Pat has provided to me throughout the years,” Flynn said in her announcement of Impreveduto’s endorsement. “If elected, I will work tirelessly to represent Monmouth County in Trenton as a member of the Assembly.”

Flynn gets Arnone endorsement in bid to dump DiMaso

March 12, 2021

New Jersey Globe

By David Wildstein

Monmouth County Commissioner Director Tom Arnone has endorsed Vicky Flynn for State Assembly in the 13th legislative district, giving her the support one of the county’s most influential and popular Republican officeholders.

Flynn is challenging incumbent Serena DiMaso (R-Holmdel) at the upcoming Monmouth County GOP convention.

“Vicky Flynn is exactly the right kind of leader we need fighting for us alongside Gerry Scharfenberger in Trenton,” Arnone said.  “I know that Vicky will dig-in and do the hard work at the Statehouse that we need.”

Republican leaders, including Sheriff Shaun Golden, the GOP county chairman, has decided to deny party support to DiMaso in her bid for re-election to a third term in the legislature.

“She will be a tremendous partner to the County Board of Commissioners and here at home, Vicky will be a tireless campaigner for the party and our local candidates,” Arnone said.  “Vicky and Gerry will make a formidable team in Trenton.”

DiMaso is contesting the convention, but it’s not immediately clear if she will run off the line in the June Republican primary.

Flynn is the president of the Holmdel Board of Education who has fought over municipal and county committee contests against DiMaso in Republican primaries and general elections in heavily fractionalized Holmdel.

State Sen. Declan O’Scanlon has no opposition for renomination.

A 57-year-old former Monmouth County freeholder, DiMaso won the Assembly seat that opened up when O’Scanlon replaced retiring State Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-Middletown) in 2017.

This could be the first hotly contested Republican primary in 16 years.

In 2005, Monmouth County Republicans dumped Joseph Azzolina (R-Middletown), who had served 11 terms in the Assembly on and off since 1965 – and one term in the State Senate.

Azzolina ran off the line in Monmouth and on the line in Middlesex County, when the 13th district included Old Bridge.

Handlin defeated him by 624 votes.

Monmouth County Commission Director Tom Arnone Endorses Flynn & Scharfenberger

March 12, 2021

Insider NJ

Flynn Continues to Pick-Up Key Endorsements

HOLMDEL, NJ – Today, Monmouth County Commission Director Tom Arnone announced his endorsement of Holmdel School Board President Vicky Flynn for Assembly and affirmed his support for Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger in legislative district 13.

Statement from Tom Arnone:

“Vicky Flynn is exactly the right kind of leader we need fighting for us alongside Gerry Scharfenberger in Trenton. I know that Vicky will dig-in and do the hard work at the Statehouse that we need. She will be a tremendous partner to the County Board of Commissioners and here at home, Vicky will be a tireless campaigner for the party and our local candidates. Vicky and Gerry will make a formidable team in Trenton”

One Incumbent Repudiated: Holmdel Republicans Choose Vicky Flynn over Serena DiMaso to run with Scharfenberger

March 2, 2021

TAPinto

Endorsements rolling in for Flynn

By Jeanne Wall

HOLMDEL, NJ – In a hometown repudiation of Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, The Holmdel Republican Municipal Committee officially acted  to endorse Vicky Flynn for the New Jersey State Assembly.

The choice of a Republican candidate is managed through the Monmouth County Republican Committee through local committees which includes elected officials in each district. They are charged with determining which candidates are best suited and supported for organizational support. Any registered Republican can run for office off of the regular Republican ‘line’ but success is measurably difficult. In Holmdel, DiMaso has lost support by the entire organization with the exception of herself.

A statement was released to TAPinto by Marcy Prince-McMullen, Chair Rocco Impreveduto, Vice Chair:

“The Holmdel Republican County Committee is proud to endorse Vicky Flynn for State Assembly. We know Vicky well and know she is exactly the right candidate to join Gerry Scharfenberger fighting for Monmouth County in Trenton. We enthusiastically support her and encourage our fellow Republican Committee members to join us in supporting her.”

“New Jersey is at a crossroads. We need smart and well-intentioned leaders in Trenton with the character and integrity to stand up for what our citizens need. This is why the Holmdel Republican County Committee overwhelmingly endorses Vicky Flynn for Assembly,” said the statement.

“Vicky has shined a bright light on the need for strong Republican leadership at the Statehouse – it’s the only way for New Jersey to emerge from this pandemic better and stronger than before. We need a leader like Vicky who will stand-up against Murphy’s COVID policies that have strangled our small businesses, contributed to deaths of thousands of our most vulnerable citizens and failed to assist schools so that they can open their buildings to students and teachers throughout the state. Vicky has been a leader as President of our School Board in safely and responsibly reopening our schools and getting our kids back into class. She has relentlessly fought to provide our students with the best education possible all the while protecting taxpayers. Vicky was able to achieve these goals for our residents by working with her colleagues on the Board of Education and the Holmdel School District to get our kids back in the
 classroom  and ensure remote learning is offered to those families who require it.” Said the statement.

“A natural consensus-builder with an undeniable track record of supporting women in leadership positions – Vicky is simply the best choice to unify our party and advance it into the future. We hope you will join the members of the Holmdel Republican County Committee and endorse Vicky Flynn in her candidacy for the NJ State Assembly,” the statement concluded.

It was signed by the entire organization less one member – DiMaso is a member too and did not endorse Flynn. She intends to run for re-election.

Voting for Flynn were Delia Fagan, Wes Fagan, Joe Hernando, Valerie Avrin-Marchiano, Adam Khachaturian, Art Frank, Tobi Frank, Rocco Impreveduto, Danielle Impreveduto, Victor Lolli, Mary Vassilakos, Richard Guarnacena, Christine Schmitt, Melissa Beradino, Michael Felice, Kim LaMountain, Lea Waggoner, Chris McCann, Joe Bradley

Holmdel School Board President Announces NJ General Assembly Run

March 2, 2021

Patch

Holmdel resident Victoria “Vicky” Flynn is seeking a seat on the New Jersey General Assembly in 2021.

By Nicole Rosenthal

HOLMDEL, NJ – Holmdel School Board President and 2020 Holmdel Township Committee candidate Victoria “Vicky” Flynn is seeking election to the New Jersey General Assembly in District 13, according to a statement released last week.

Flynn has been a lawyer for over 20 years and graduated from Seton Hall Law School in 1999. She has served on the Holmdel Board of Education since 2016 and was first elected president of the Board of Education in 2018. She has also served on the Nutley Board of Education from 2011 to 2013 and was elected vice president in 2013. The education veteran will pursue the support of the Monmouth County Republican Organization at this month’s upcoming county convention.

“Vicky is a life-long Republican, a proud Holmdel resident, a wife, mother of three children, a lawyer in private practice, and a dedicated community leader. Flynn is well-known for her leadership on the Holmdel Board of Education,” a press release from her campaign reads. “Vicky and her colleagues on the Board have worked together, as a team, to keep schools open by supporting the implementation of numerous COVID remediation measures in order to create a safe learning environment for students and staff. Under Vicky’s leadership, Holmdel School District has become a prime example of how an education system should operate during a pandemic – both in our county and our state.”

Flynn has voiced her intention to work closely with Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger to stop the “damaging” restrictions enacted by Gov. Phil Murphy amid COVID-19, according to the news release.

The Holmdel resident says she will be a strong advocate for tax relief for our overburdened taxpayers and fight against crippling Council On Affordable Housing (COAH) policies “leading to overdevelopment in our communities.” She is a supporter of law enforcement and getting more Republicans in office, especially women.

“It would be a privilege to serve Monmouth County in the legislature to address the challenging issues facing our communities, to fight for small businesses, and to find ways to get (all of) our kids back into the classroom. I believe now, more than ever, our state requires leadership that promotes fiscally conservative principles to guide our state out of the pandemic towards a more prosperous future,” said Flynn.

Flynn will be challenging Republicans Serena DiMaso, Gerard Scharfenberger and Amy Handlin in the June 8, 2021 primary. The filing deadline for candidates is April 5, 2021.

Vicky Flynn is running for the Assembly seat currently held by Serena DiMaso

February 27, 2021

More Monmouth Musings

Victoria A Flynn, President of the Holmdel Board of Education, announced yesterday that she is seeking the Republican nomination for the LD 13 Assembly seat currently held by two term Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso.

DiMaso, also of Holmdel, has not yet announced if she is seeking reelection, running for another office or not running for office in 2021.

Flynn, 48, is a past president of the Village School Parent School Association in Holmdel and was elected to the Board of Education in 2015. She and her husband, Michael Naughton, have been raising their three daughters in Holmdel since 2013.

An attorney who graduated cum laude from Seton Hall Law School, Flynn was the first law clerk of New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Jaynee LaVecchia. Her law practice focuses on litigation and appeals for private and public entities.

“It would be a privilege to serve Monmouth County in the legislature to address the challenging issues facing our communities, to fight for small businesses, and to find ways to get our kids back into the classroom. I believe now, more than ever, our state requires leadership that promotes fiscally conservative principles to guide our state out of the pandemic towards a more prosperous future,” Flynn said in her announcement. 

Flynn has the support of Holmdel Republican Chair Marcy McMullen and the Holmdel Republican County Committee.

“We need a leader like Vicky who will promote Republican party values and unity throughout the County. Vicky is the overwhelming choice of the Holmdel Republican County Committee. She supports all Republican endorsed candidates and has assisted women who want to run for public office in Holmdel. She is the best choice to lead the way in Trenton, along with Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger.”

In addition to Holmdel, the 13th Legislative District includes Aberdeen, Atlantic Highlands, Fair Haven, Hazlet, Highlands, Keansburg, Keyport, Little Silver, Marlboro, Middletown, Monmouth Beach, Oceanport, Rumson, Sea Bright, and Union Beach. The district is currently represented by Republicans; Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger and DiMaso.

Holmdel School President Vicky Flynn Announces Campaign for NJ Assembly

February 26, 2021

Insider NJ

Holmdel School Board President Vicky Flynn officially announced her intention to seek election to the New Jersey General Assembly in District 13. Flynn intends to seek and win the support of the Monmouth County Republican Organization at their upcoming County Convention in March.

Flynn is a life-long Republican, a proud Holmdel resident, a wife, mother of three children, a lawyer in private practice, and a dedicated community leader. Flynn is known for her leadership on the Holmdel Board of Education.

In addition to fighting to get our children back in school, Flynn said she intends to work hand in hand with Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger to stop” the damaging Emergency Powers grabbed by Governor Murphy that are crushing small business owners throughout our district and across the state. These failed COVID policies have contributed to thousands of our loved one in long-term care facilities – and now some Trenton politicians want to strip away our rights to hold these folks to account. We can do better than liability shields for nursing homes and tax breaks for hospitals.”

Flynn said she will be a strong advocate for tax relief for our overburdened taxpayers and fight against crippling COAH policies leading to overdevelopment in our communities.  She is a strong supporter of law enforcement and for keeping our kids and communities safe.

“It would be a privilege to serve Monmouth County in the legislature to address the challenging issues facing our communities, to fight for small businesses, and to find ways to get our kids back into the classroom. I believe now, more than ever, our state requires leadership that promotes fiscally conservative principles to guide our state out of the pandemic towards a more prosperous future,” she said. 

Flynn added that she will be dedicated to working with the Republican party both in the County and around the state to help get Republicans elected, especially women. She has a track record of supporting Republican women pursuing elected office, she noted.

Chair of the Holmdel County Committee, Marcy McMullen, said “We need a leader like Vicky who will promote Republican party values and unity throughout the County. Vicky is the overwhelming choice of the Holmdel Republican County Committee. She supports all Republican endorsed candidates and has assisted women who want to run for public office in Holmdel. She is the best choice to lead the way in Trenton, along with Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger.”