TOMS RIVER - A candidate for Toms River Township Council says Superstorm Sandy inspired him to re-enter the political ring.

Former Toms River Mayor Paul Brush is running to represent the township's Second Ward. Brush says the current mayor and council left residents in limbo during the months immediately following Sandy.

Brush wants to improve communication between business and property owners. "It's terribly traumatic and you want to know what's going on," the Democratic candidate says. "The face of the township was our police chief."

His opponent, incumbent Republican Brian Kubiel, is proud of the township's recovery efforts. "We continue to meet weekly in the town and come up with ways to speed up process, further ways to protect it," he says.

If re-elected, Kubiel says his focus would be securing easements for dunes and working with FEMA to get flood maps finalized.

There are four council positions up for grabs in Toms River, each representing a ward in the township. Voters hit the polls Nov. 5.