Legislative District 13

Senator Declan O'Scanlon (Candidate)
Assembly Members Amy Handlin (R)
Serena Dimaso (Candidate)
Registration 26.0% Republican
25.4% Democratic
48.3% unaffiliated
Demographics 83.6% White
4.3% Black/African American
0.1% Native American
7.8% Asian
0.0% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
2.1% Other race
2.0% Two or more races
8.7% Hispanic
Population 219,626
Voting-age population 168,050
Registered Voters 164,016

Aberdeen Township

Atlantic Highlands Borough

Fair Haven Borough

Hazlet Township

Highlands Borough

Holmdel Township

Keansburg Borough

Keyport Borough

Little Silver Borough

Marlboro Township

Middletown Township

Monmouth Beach Borough

Oceanport Borough

Rumson Borough

Sea Bright Borough

Union Beach Borough

Freeholder Serena DiMaso Esq.

  • Freeholder Serena DiMaso, Esq. was sworn in to her third elected term on the Board of Chosen Freeholders on Jan. 5, 2017. She served as deputy director in 2016, 2015 and 2013. Freeholder DiMaso was appointed to the board in 2012 to fill an unexpired term.
  • Prior to becoming a Freeholder, Serena DiMaso served on the Holmdel Township committee for ten years.  She served as mayor from 2006 to 2010 and deputy mayor in 2011.

  • While on the township governing body, she chaired the Public Safety and Administration committees, co-chaired the Public Works committee and was a member of the township Planning Board. While serving Holmdel, DiMaso supported the preservation of open space in the township. She has also been an advocate for expanding shared services and responsible budgeting.

  • She currently serves on the Meridian Hospitals Corporation Board of Trustees, as Chairwoman of the Bayshore Hospital Foundation and as an active member of the Holmdel First Aid Squad. Some of her other community involvement activities include President of Village School Parent School Association and the William R. Satz School Parent Support Group, league president of the Holmdel Youth Athletic Association and teaching C. C. D. at St. Catharine’s Roman Catholic Church.

  • Freeholder DiMaso is a Board member of the National Foundation for Women Legislators where she serves as Chair of Membership.  She is also a member of the New Jersey School Employees’ Health Benefits Commission.

  • Ms. DiMaso has received recognition for her efforts as a county freeholder, including being honored with a 2015 Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Women of Distinction Award and nominated for the 2016 Athena Award.  In 2015, Freeholder DiMaso was named Woman of the Year by the New Jersey Federation of Republican Woman.

  • Serena DiMaso holds a Juris Doctorate degree from St. John’s University School of Law and is a member of the New York State Bar. She is also a graduate of St. John’s University, College of Business Administration with a B.S. in management with minor concentrations in economics and marketing. She is also a 2004 graduate of the Christine Todd Whitman Excellence in Public Service Series.

  • Freeholder DiMaso is married to Dr. Gerald DiMaso and they have four children.

Declan O’Scanlon

  • O’Scanlon was born in Marlboro Township and resides in Little Silver. He served on the Little Silver Borough Council from 1994 to 2007 and also served as the borough’s police commissioner. O’Scanlon graduated with a B.A. from Monmouth University with a major in Psychology, and a B.S. from Monmouth University in Finance. He is the Chief Executive Officer of FSD Enterprises LLC of Red Bank. The company is a wireless telecommunications consulting and public relations firm he founded in 1995. FSD specializes in helping bring together elected officials and wireless industry representatives to promote mutually agreeable solutions to wireless infrastructure siting. FSD’s areas of expertise include municipal wireless ordinance construction, current wireless technology and future trends and municipal bidding for wireless infrastructure locations.
  • Running together with Jennifer Beck, O’Scanlon lost the very close Assembly election held on November 8, 2005. As of December 6, 2005, Beck was declared winner of one of the seats, and was the top vote getter in the District with 31,421 votes. Freshman Democratic Assemblyman Michael J. Panter won re-election with 30,473 votes, narrowly edging O’Scanlon, who had 30,400 votes, just 73 fewer than Panter. One-term incumbent Robert Lewis Morgan lost his bid for re-election, coming in fourth with 30,257 votes.
  • In a partial rematch of 2005, O’Scanlon and his Republican running mate Caroline Casagrande defeated incumbent Panter and future Monmouth County Freeholder Amy Mallet in the 2007 General Assembly election. O’Scanlon and Casagrande received 25.6% and 25.5% of the vote respectively while Panter and Mallet got 25.0% and 23.9% respectively.
  • O’Scanlon serves on the Assembly Budget Committee and the Joint Budget Oversight committee.In 2009, he was an Assistant Republican Whip and was a Republican Policy Co-Chair from 2010 until 2011.Since 2011, he has been the Republican Budget Officer succeeding Joseph R. Malone who retired from the position.
  • O’Scanlon is known for advocating the improvement for drivers who travel on the state’s roads. He was staunchly opposed to the state’s red light camera program and has proposed legislation to increase fines for those caught misusing passing lanes, increasing the state’s speed limit, and removing the state ban on self-service gas stations.

Amy Handlin

  • Amy H. Handlin  is an American Republican Party politician, who serves in the New Jersey General Assembly, where she represents the 13th Legislative District, having taken office on January 10, 2006.
  • Handlin filled the seat of fellow Republican Joseph Azzolina whom she defeated in the June 2005 GOP primary.
  • In the Assembly, Handlin serves on the Regulated Professions and Financial Institutions and Insurance Committees.
  • Handlin was elected to the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1989 and re-elected in 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001 and 2004. Previously, she served as Deputy Mayor and Township Committeewoman in Middletown Township.
  • Handlin is a former Commissioner on the New Jersey State Commission on Higher Education and Chair of Monmouth County’s Communities Against Tobacco Coalition. Named 2003 Elected Official of the Year by the Northern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce, she has also been honored by the American Cancer Society of New Jersey, Prevention First, 180:Turning Lives Around and many other public health organizations for her work to reduce teen smoking.
  • Handlin has also served on the boards of the New Jersey League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women, among others. She is a past recipient of the Legislative Award of the New Jersey Environmental Federation, the Humanitarian Award of Brandeis University Women, the Rose and Scroll Award of the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners, and numerous other citations for civic leadership.
  • Handlin, the author of the 1998 book Whatever Happened to the Year of the Woman? Why Women Still Aren’t Making It to the Top in Politics, and the books Be Your Own Lobbyist, (Praeger, 2010) and Government Grief (Praeger 2011). She has also been a columnist for the New Jersey Reporter, a public-affairs magazine.
  • A founding member and former Chair of the Monmouth County Advisory Commission on Women, Handlin is a member of the national board of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and Vice President of Community Relations for the Jewish Federation of Greater Monmouth County. A past Chair of the Central Jersey Israel EXPO, she has also co-chaired the United Jewish Communities’ Northeast Leadership Conference.
  • She is currently Associate Professor of Marketing at Monmouth University and a former Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Public Issues. Handlin received a B.A. in 1977 from Harvard University, holds an MBA from Columbia University awarded in 1979 and a Ph.D. in Marketing from New York University in 1991. Handlin resides in Middletown Township, where she lives with husband David, son Daniel and daughter Rebecca.
  • Handlin was one of the main proponents of the ban enacted in 2007 on consumption of alcohol in the PNC Bank Arts Center parking lots.