BARNEGAT/WARETOWN, NJ - Primary elections are slated for July 7th in New Jersey with the choices between Democrats and Republicans for their party's line. Independent candidates and Board of Education candidates still have time to announce their candidacy for the general election.
Those late to the game may request that voters write-in their names. Truth be told, they stand a better chance as running as independent candidates. After all, some say that Ross Perot garnered enough votes to steer the presidency away from incumbent President George H.W. Bush in 1992. It was the year that President Bill Clinton won the election for the first time.
The State of New Jersey provides a comprehensive timeline when it comes to state election law. For example, Independents seeking local committee seats need to submit nomination petitions prior to July 7th to have their name on the ballot for November's general election.
In Barnegat, the terms of two committee members end this year. Committeeman Al Cirullli is on the primary ballot as a Republican and seeks re-election. Mayor John Novak will not rerun. Joseph Marte is on the Republican primary ticket in Barnegat. The Democratic primary ticket names Charles J. Cunlifee and Peggy A. Houle.
Mayor Ken Baulderstone is running for reelection in Ocean Township. Rita Kopacz seeks the Democratic line in the township.
Board of Education elections are non-partisan and therefore, not subject to primary elections. Barnegat has three terms expiring this year. The terms of Robert Geddes, Maria Pereira, and Doreen Continanza all expire at the end of this year.
Ocean Township has two open seats. Shawn Denning, Jr. and Kelly A. Zuzic's terms both expire in 2020.
The filing deadline for submittal of nomination petitions for school board is July 27th. For more information, candidates should contact the Ocean County Clerk's office.