Republican Kurtz joins A.C. council, casts deciding vote for Small

By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

A resort that’s had its share of very-public problems over the past several years is overdue for a fresh perspective on city council, Save Jerseyans, especially in light of the dysfunction that usually dominates Atlantic City government-generated headlines.

Enter Jesse O’Leary Kurtz, the 31-year-old Republican activist who won a council seat back in November with a 70%+ majority in 10-to-1 Democrat Atlantic City’s working-class 6th Ward. Jesse was sworn in on New Year’s Day in front of a packed Atlantic-centric audience with his family and friends looking on.

He’ll join Mayor Don Guardian as the economically-depressed resort town’s independent Republican voices in city hall.

Councilman Kurtz should make an immediate impact notwithstanding his partisan affiliation. The new council proceeded with a notable number of close 5-4 votes on Friday morning including the new councilman’s first vote cast for Marty Small, the new council president who will replace incumbent Frank M. Gilliam Jr.

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