Primary election moved from June 2 to July 7, voter registration deadline now is June 16 and deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot is June 30

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Petitions have been filed by candidates running for seats on the Belmar and Lake Como borough councils in the primary election, which has been rescheduled from June 2 to July 7 under an executive order by Gov. Phil Murphy. 

In Belmar, Democratic incumbent Thomas Brennan is seeking re-election to a second three-year term, and Republican newcomer Jodi Kinney is vying unopposed for her party’s nomination to unseat Brennan.

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County committee filings by voting district were as follows:


  • District 1 – Ellen Doman-Ramey, Laura Matos
  • District 2 – Donna Falk
  • District 3 – Cheryl, Michael Casserly
  • District 4 – Mary Hoehl, Justin Decotiis
  • District 5 – Matthew Doherty, Karen Carew


  • District 1 – Jay McDermott, Thomas MacGowan
  • District 2 – Mark Walsifer, Barbara Henniger
  • District 3 – Annemarie Drazenovich,
  • District 4 – John Yannuzzi, Katrina Clapsis
  • District 5 – James McCracken, Linda Sharkus


In Lake Como, Democratic incumbents David Gardner and Nick DeMauro are seeking three-year terms on the governing body. No petitions were filed by Republicans.

Democratic County Committee filings for two seats were made by Kevin Higgins and Marlene Ryan.

Monmouth County will hold its ballot drawing for the primary election on Thursday, April 9 at 3 p.m. Because all county offices are closed due to the coronavirus crisis, the drawing will be livestreamed and available to watch on the  Monmouth County Clerk’s Office Facebook page  and the Monmouth County Government YouTube Channel.

“During this unprecedented time, my office is working hard to ensure that the elections process continues to be carried out based on state law,” said Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon. “For the safety of the public and our employees, we will utilize technology and social media to make the primary election ballot drawing viewable to all.”

For more information on the ballot drawing, call the County Clerk’s Elections Division at 732-431-7790.

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