A visionary leader in business, Brendan Sciarra is a lifelong resident of Cape May County whose roots run deep.
A third generation Caper, he is the oldest son of Michael and Dee Sciarra. Brendan spent his early years living in Wildwood with his brother Chris until the family eventually settled in Lower Township. The importance of hard work and community was impressed upon Brendan early in life. His grandmother Helen Sciarra was a fierce environmental and community advocate. Her activism inspired a young Brendan to volunteer with numerous environmental groups such as Sierra Club and the World Wildlife Foundation. When he wasn’t writing his Congressman or running around the county seeking to “Save the Turtles,” he worked at his father’s surf and skate store breaking down boxes of delivered inventory.
Brendan is a graduate of St. Ann’s Regional Grade School and Wildwood Catholic High School where he excelled at cross country running and tennis. During his high school years, he worked at Monzo’s Restaurant in Diamond Beach. This is where he would meet his future wife Robin a fellow busperson. Ever the entrepreneur, during his senior year, with one lawn mower, a weedwhacker, and an old Toyota pickup truck he started his first business, Island Landscaping. Although he earned a full scholarship for tennis to Mount St. Mary’s University his entrepreneurial spirit compelled him to leave after a semester to focus on his business.
Through sheer hard work, determination, and a hands-on philosophy of no job is to small, Brendan would go on to launch several keystone businesses in Wildwood creating hundreds of year-round jobs. A self-described “workaholic,” friends describe his work ethic as “unparalleled.” He credits much of his success to the values of family, hard work, and perseverance ingrained in him by family. His maternal grandparents Trish and Mario Lenza owned and operated the old Alton Motel and English Grill in Wildwood, achieving the American Dream. His paternal grandfather David “Poppi” Sciarra came to Wildwood from Italy and started a concrete business only to have it washed away during the infamous storm of ’62. His grandfather bounced back, and those values continue to drive Brendan today.
As the owner-operator of three landmark businesses, Brendan has been credited with the revitalization of Wildwood. His decision to run for Freeholder is rooted in his deep commitment to enhancing the County he’s called home his entire life and a firm belief his real-life experiences as a citizen, small businessman, and community leader can be a valuable asset to county government. Like everything else Brendan has created he is excited to bring his tenacious work ethic, vision, and common business sense to the Freeholder Board to improve county government making it more efficient, transparent, and responsive to taxpayers. Brendan believes government should work for the taxpayer not just the well-connected.
As a restaurant worker, landscaper, now business and community leader, Brendan has spent his entire life bringing people together to solve problems and create positive change. His middle-class upbringing and perspective as someone who gets up early, goes to work every day, and balances his checkbook every night will ensure all residents of the county are represented. He and his wife Robin have been married for ten years. They are the proud parents of three young children Michael, Kai, and Brendan and reside in Wildwood Crest.
Liz has practiced law in several law firms around Cape May County for over two decades. A graduate of Drew University and The Dickinson School of Law, her love of the Jersey Shore brought her to Cape May County over 25 years ago.
Casey clerked for the Honorable Frank J. Montemuro, Jr. of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and is licensed to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She is admitted to practice before the United States District Court of New Jersey and has completed the NJICLE’s Civil Mediation Training. She is a former Senior Counsel to the New Jersey Casino Control Commission and in addition, served as Alternate State Ethics Liaison Officer to the Commission.
Casey achieved the American Dream opening her own law practice in 2017 with an office in Ocean City. Liz Casey Law focuses on business law, real estate and estate planning and administration. She is also Of Counsel to Ridgway Legal, a law firm in Linwood, New Jersey handling litigation.
Liz believes it is time to end business-as-usual and provide a much-needed dose of common-sense to the Freeholder Board. A self-described “fiscal conservative,” Casey contends greater restraints are needed to control county spending. Liz also believes a lack of political diversity on the Board has led to a complacent, less efficient, and less transparent county government with no real forms of checks and balances. Liz feels one-party rule is not good for residents, taxpayers, or government in general and it is urgent we add new voices to the Board to provide common sense solutions. Cape May County contributes a large percentage of funds to our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a state, but were not seeing those funds come back. Liz will be a ferocious advocate to make sure Cape May County receives its fair share.
Liz is determined to fix the past by leading the future and raising the ethical standards of the Freeholder Board with new mandates to treat county employees fairly, eliminate favoritism, and put an end to the never-ending lawsuits that limit the effectiveness of the Board and send our tax dollars down the drain.
A lifelong swimmer and occasional surfer, Liz and her husband, Dr. Jerry Horowitz reside in Upper Township. They are the proud parents of college students Samantha and Peter.
Outside of the office, Casey is a member and has participated in many civic and charitable organizations including: The New Jersey State Bar Association, The New Jersey Chapter Community Associations Institute, Metropolitan Business & Citizens Association of Atlantic City, Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Ocean City Board of REALTORS, Cape May County Bar Association, Cape May County Chamber of Commerce, Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce, Ocean City Special Olympics Triathletes, Ocean City Community Center Association, Ocean City High School Swim Boosters. Ocean City C-Cerpants Swim Team, Inc., Independence Day Bay Swim, Upper Township Soccer Association, Inc., Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Ecole de La Mer French Immersion Charter School.