BARNEGAT, NJ –   The July 7th primary election results have been marked official by the Ocean County Clerk’s office. Two Democratic candidates and two Republican candidates ran unopposed in the primary for two open seats on the Barnegat Township Committee. Their names will all appear on the November ballot.

Barnegat has a total of 17,136 registered voters, of which 6,531 are not affiliated and therefore do not vote in primary elections.  Those who cast either provisional or mailed in ballots for this year’s primary added up to under 5,000 voters.

According to Michele Rivers, Barnegat Clerk, there are 4,543 registered Democrats and 5,851 Republicans in the township.  Al Cirulli is the sole incumbent on the ballot and served as mayor during 2019.  Results are as follows:

Sign Up for Barnegat/Waretown Newsletter
Our newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.

Candidate Affiliation Mail In Provisional
Al Cirulli Republican 2,212 314
Joseph Marte Republican 2,205 310
Peg Houle Democrat 2,047 104
Charles Cunliffe Democrat 2,002 105


There were also 50 write in candidates on the Republican side, as well as 17 written in by Democrats.

The Barnegat Board of Education has three open seats with seven candidates vying for a three-year term. Incumbents Robert Geddes and Doreen Continanza are running for reelection with Justin Deemer, using the slogan “The Brighter Future.”

Christopher Sharpe, Alicia Bivins, and Sandra Chumey will run together as “The Next Voice/” George Fedorczyk, Jr. is not affiliated with either of the tickets and has chosen the slogan “Progress for Education.”

Amid the remaining uncertainty of the pandemic, candidates will be taking a creative approach to campaigning this year.