Barnegat Leader

Albert Bille, Peg Houle File for Barnegat Township Committee Spot

Apr 12, 2019

Barnegat Township Commiteeman Albert Bille recently filed for election to a fourth three-year term on the all-Republican panel. Peg Houle has filed as the Democratic Party challenger.

A retired postmaster from Bayonne and currently an independent agent from the Van Dyk Group in Barnegat, Bille said he wanted to run again as Barnegat “has become a great town and I just want to keep it that way.”

Houle is the current Democratic municipal chairwoman. She is a retired schoolteacher from Morris County who also had her own business, Lumberjacks, a children’s fitness center. She said she got quickly involved with the Barnegat Democrats upon moving to the community four years ago.

“We’re the safest township in Southern Ocean County with the lowest crime rate, and I fully support our outstanding police force,” said Bille, who was mayor in 2017. “We’ve kept Barnegat taxes stable – for example, only a $25 increase per average house each year for the two years. We’ve remodeled all the parks, and we are so proud of that.”

Bille said he would continue to support and assist all sport clubs and leagues so “our young can have Barnegat Pride.”

“We also hope to continue to encourage commercial development with the completion of Phase 1 of Barnegat 67 and the groundbreaking of Phase 2,” he said. “I also hope we can continue to work with the county to maintain and repair the many county roadways in our town.”

“I’ve been politically active since the 1970s,” said Houle. “I really love and care about this town, and a lot of people have told me we need change.”

Houle said she felt encouraged to run by noting how Democrats Paul Whitcraft and Dan Ward made inroads even though they lost the last two elections.

“They still put up a strong showing, and hopefully this time we can come through,” said Houle. “In doing my own canvassing around town, I have met a lot of people who are dissatisfied.” E.E.

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