Prospective candidates for state office in local districts hurried to file nominating petitions Monday in time for a state deadline.

According to unofficial petition information provided by the state Division of Elections and posted online, most candidates in southern New Jersey districts put their petitions in early in the day.

Each provided more than 100 signatures, but those must be verified to make the candidacy official.

In the 1st District, covering Cape May County, much of Cumberland and part of Atlantic, incumbent Sen. Jeff Van Drew, a Democrat, will face the winner of a Republican primary between David DeWeese, an attorney from Wildwood who has the support of Republicans in Atlantic and Cape May counties, and Thomas Greto, a former Lower Township committeeman from Villas.

Meanwhile, incumbent Democratic Assemblymen Nelson Albano and Matt Milam filed for re-election in the 1st District. Four Republicans have filed to contest a primary for two candidate slots: Sam Fiocchi of Vineland and Suzanne Walters of Stone Harbor are running together against Peter Boyce of Millville and Paul Halley of Bridgeton.

In the 2nd District, incumbent Sen. Jim Whelan, a Democrat, faces a challenge from Republican Assemblyman Vince Polistina. Whelan is joined by Democratic Assembly hopefuls Alisa Cooper, an Atlantic County freeholder who lives in Linwood, and Damon Tyner, an attorney from Egg Harbor Township. Additionally, Gary Stein, a cleaner from Mullica Township who ran last year for Congress as the Democratic nominee, has filed to contest the Democrat primary and will fight for one of the Assembly candidate slots.

Two Republicans have filed for Assembly candidacy: Incumbent Assemblyman John Amodeo, from Margate, and challenger Chris Brown, a Ventnor attorney vying for Polistina's old seat.

In the 9th District, covering large parts of Ocean County, incumbent Sen. Christopher Connors filed, as did Democratic challenger for state Senate, Dorothy Ryan of Barnegat Township.

Connors' Assembly mates, Brian Rumpf and DiAnne Gove, filed to run.

On the Democratic side, Carla Kearney, of Toms River, and Bradley

Billhimer, of Bayville, filed their petitions.

Residents of Hammonton, which has been redistricted from the 9th

district to the 8th, will choose from incumbent Republican Sen. Dawn

Addiego and a state Senate challenge from Olympic athlete Carl Lewis,

who announced Monday he would run as a Democrat and filed 336

signatures.

Republican Assemblymen Scott Rudder and Patrick Delany filed for

re-election runs for Assembly. Against them, Sharyn Pertnoy-Schmidt, of

Marlton, and Raymond Storck, of Hainesport, filed to run on the

Democratic slate.

In the 3rd District, covering Bridgeton, Deerfield Township and

Upper Deerfield Township in Cumberland, Michael M. Mulligan, an

attorney from Pilesgrove, filed his Republican challenge to incumbent Sen.

President Stephen Sweeney, a Democrat. The district's incumbent Assembly members John Burzichelli and Celeste Riley, both Democrats, filed their candidacies. For the first time, Republican Assemblyman Domenick DiCicco runs in the 3rd District, after having served in the 4th District but seeing his hometown of Franklinville redistricted to the 3rd District. Fellow Republican Bob Villare, of Woodbury, also filed for an Assembly run Monday.

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