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Dase holds on to freeholder seat

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – District 4 Freeholder Rich Dase fended off a challenge to his re-election Tuesday, Nov. 2 by winning 58 percent of the vote in Absecon, Brigantine, Galloway Township and Port Republic.

Dase, a seventh-grade social studies teacher at Galloway Township Middle School, won his second term on the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, according to unofficial tallies provided by the Atlantic County Board of Elections.

A Galloway Township resident his entire life, he attended public schools and played PAL basketball and GTAA baseball. He and his wife live in the Pinehurst section of the township with their son, Ayden Alexander Dase.

He is chairman of the freeholders’ County Code Review and Grant Overview committees.

“One of the best parts of being an Atlantic County freeholder is helping residents achieve their goals and making their lives better; showing constituents that government exists for a reason but it must be responsive and responsible to work,” Dase said before the election.

“In this tough economic climate, I want to be able to continue doing everything I can to help my neighbors and friends find jobs and increased opportunities. We need to keep our focus on creating a climate for growth in Atlantic County.”

He said he has worked to make government less intrusive and been active in promoting economic growth and infrastructure improvements.

“One of my priorities has been, and will continue to be in my next term, to jumpstart work on improvements to Jimmie Leeds Road,” he said. “I lobbied for full parkway interchanges in Galloway Township – which the Turnpike Authority is working on right now, and I want to see this process through.”

Challenger Jim Gorman, a member of the Galloway Township Council on which Dase formerly served, was stoic in defeat.

“Naturally I’m disappointed with the results,” he said. “I guess we got caught up in a national trend.”

He said he congratulated Dase.

“I wish him good luck,” Gorman said. “I’ll be glad to help in any way that I can.”

Dase received 7,707 machine votes to Gorman’s 5,648.

The machine tally reported by the Board of Elections is unofficial and does not include absentee and mail-in ballots.

 

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