Independent candidates file to run in Holmdel

HOLMDEL – Cathy Weber and Prakash Santhana have filed to run as independent candidates for Holmdel Township Committee in the November general election.

The pair will run against current Mayor Eric Hinds and Board of Education member Chiung-Yin Liu under the slogan “Holmdel First – People over Politics”.

According to a press release, the candidates believe that the Township Committee should put Holmdel residents first rather than special interest groups and developers as well as making the reduction of taxes a priority

Weber is a 25-year resident of Holmdel and a former Holmdel Board of Education member and has been a part of various community groups including the Girl Scouts, the Holmdel Swim Team and former president of the Preserve Holmdel group, whose goal is to keep Cross Farm Park natural. She is currently a Senior Associate Director at Princeton University and holds an MBA from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.

Santhana, a five-year resident of Holmdel, is a member of Preserve Holmdel and the Fire Action Safety Today (FAST) group, which is dedicated to bringing fire safety improvements to all residents in response to the township’s fire study. He is the Managing Director at a top global consulting firm. and holds an MBA graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

When asked why she wants to run, Weber said, “I have a proven track record of hard work and independent thinking and want to bring my leadership experience to our town to run a clean government that is respectful and responsive to the people of this community.”

“I will work to restore integrity, transparency and fiscal responsibility to Holmdel’s governing body,” Santhana said, “Holmdel deserves better than the recent conflicts of interest and unethical behaviors.”