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Menashe P. Miller is an American Republican Party politician who is currently serving a fourth term as the Mayor of Lakewood Township, New Jersey[1] the largest municipality in Ocean County as well as the fastest growing,[2] youngest,[3] and seventh-most populous municipality in the state of New Jersey. Miller has served three terms as Deputy Mayor of Lakewood Township and serves as a committeeman on the Lakewood township committee. He also serves in the United States Air Force Reserves as a chaplain, where he holds the rank of Major.

Political career

Miller ran as a Republican in the 2003 elections and won a seat on the Lakewood Township committee. He served as a committeeman through 2009, having won the election in 2006 and 2009. In 2010 he was chosen by his fellow committeemen to serve as the deputy mayor under then-mayor Steven Langert.[4] The following year, 2011, the township committee voted him in as mayor, with Steven Langert serving as the deputy mayor. Miller was again elected by the township committee as the mayor for the year of 2012, with Isaac Akerman serving as the deputy mayor.[5] In 2013 Albert (Isaac) Ackerman took over as Mayor of Lakewood Township, New Jersey.[6][7][8] In 2014 Miller was elected to his third term as mayor. In 2015, Isaac Akerman once again took over as Mayor and Miller was elected by the township committee to serve as Deputy Mayor. Miller was reelected in 2015 to a fifth term on the Lakewood Township Committee, where he currently serves with Mayor Albert (Isaac) Ackerman, Mike D'Elia (R, 2017), Raymond Coles (D, 2014), and Meir Lichtenstein (D, 2018). Miller was chosen by his fellow committeemen to serve as Mayor in 2016. [9]

Military career

In 2002, Miller joined the Air Force Reserves as a commissioned officer, beginning with the rank of Second Lieutenant. In 2003 he attended officer training school at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama and graduated as a First Lieutenant. He was promoted to captain in 2004, and is a member of the 87th Air Base Wing.[10] On November 21, 2010, he began a six-week tour of duty in Iraq. Following the tour of duty, Miller received a promotion to Major. In mid-December 2011, he was again deployed, this time to Qatar. He served in Qatar for the last two weeks of December, and arrived back in America in time for his re-inauguration as Mayor.[11] During his time in Qatar, Miller was featured in a short video published by the Department of Defense on its official YouTube channel. The video highlighted the unusual background and circumstances from which Miller came from and had left behind to serve the tour in Qatar.[12]

Electoral history

Lakewood Township Committee election, 2003[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Menashe Miller 8,215 34.02
Democratic Meir Lichtenstein 7,998 33.12
Republican Hannah Havens 4,021 16.65
Democratic Mitchel Dolobowsky 3,583 14.84
Lakewood Township Committee election, 2006[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Menashe Miller 9,545 32.39
Democratic Meir Lichtenstein 9,008 30.57
Democratic Mike Sernotti 5,107 17.33
Republican Hannah Havens 4,808 16.32
Independent Dovid Egert 899 3.05
Lakewood Township Committee election, 2009[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Menashe Miller 12,007 33.62
Democratic Meir Lichtenstein 10,947 30.65
Republican Hannah Havens 3,621 10.14
Independent Charles Cunliffe 3,284 9.20
Independent Lynn M. Celli 2,998 8.29
Democratic Miriam Medina 2,801 7.84
Lakewood Township Committee election, 2012[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Menashe Miller 17,688 36.99
Democratic Meir Lichtenstein 16,840 35.21
Republican Michael B. Berman 6,736 14.09
Democratic Miriam Medina 6,265 13.10
Lakewood Township Committee election, 2015[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Menashe Miller 6,388 37.32
Democratic Meir Lichtenstein 6,056 35.38
Republican Michael B. Berman 2,435 14.23
Democratic Marta Harrison 2,167 12.66

References

  1. ^ "Lakewood Township Government". Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Rundquist, Jeanette. "Lakewood, N.J.'s fastest-growing town, is defined by its diversity". NJ.com. The Star Ledger. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Kiryas Yoel and Lakewood Have Youngest Town Populations in United States". Matzav.com. Matzav.com. 
  4. ^ "Langert Appointed Mayor of Lakewood at Re-Organizational Meeting". Matzav.com. 1 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Menashe Miller Bio". Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  6. ^ [1] Matzav.com, Accessed January 2, 2013.
  7. ^ [2], Lakewoodlocal.com. Accessed January 2, 2013.
  8. ^ [3] Lakewood Township. Accessed January 3, 2013.
  9. ^ "Menashe Miller to Serve as Lakewood Mayor in 2016, Akerman as Deputy". Homdia. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "Lakewood Deputy Mayor R' Menashe Miller Deploys to Iraq". 25 November 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  11. ^ Matzav.com. 1 January 2012 http://matzav.com/lakewood-mayor-returns-from-mideast-will-be-reappointed-on-tuesday. Retrieved 16 March 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Air Force Reservist's Unusual Full-Time Job". Youtube.com. Department of Defense. 
  13. ^ "2003 general elections official results" (PDF). November 4, 2003. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  14. ^ "2006 general elections official results" (PDF). November 7, 2003. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  15. ^ "2009 general elections official results" (PDF). November 3, 2009. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  16. ^ "2012 general elections official results" (PDF). November 6, 2012. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  17. ^ "2015 general elections official results". November 3, 2015. Retrieved November 21, 2015.